V4641 Sgr: a candidate precessing microblazar

Дата и время публикации : 2013-10-25T20:09:52Z

Авторы публикации и институты :
Elena Gallo
Richard M. Plotkin
Peter G. Jonker

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Коментарии к cтатье: MNRAS Letters, in press
Первичная категория: astro-ph.HE

Все категории : astro-ph.HE

Краткий обзор статьи: The X-ray spectrum of the Galactic X-ray binary V4641 Sgr in outburst has been found to exhibit a remarkably broad emission feature above 4 keV, with inferred equivalent widths up to 2 keV. Such a feature was first detected during the X-ray flaring activity associated with the giant outburst that the source experienced in 1999 September. The extraordinarily large equivalent width line was then ascribed to reflection/reprocessing of fluorescent Fe emission within an extended optically thick outflow enshrouding the binary system as a result of a short-lived, super-Eddington accretion episode. Making use of new and archival X-ray observations, we show here that a similar feature persists over four orders of magnitude in luminosity, down to Eddington ratios as low as log(L_Edd) = -4.5, where the existence of an optically thick envelope appears at odds with any viable accretion flow model. Possible interpretations for this highly unusual X-ray spectrum include a blend of Doppler shifted/boosted Fe lines from unresolved X-ray jets (a la SS433), or, the first Galactic analog of a blazar spectrum, where the >4 keV emission would correspond to the onset of the Inverse Compton hump. Either requires a low inclination angle of the jet with respect to the line of sight, in agreement with the estimates for the 1999 superluminal jet (i_jet<10 deg). The fast variability of the feature, combined with the high orbital axis inclination (60 deg< i_orb<71 deg), argue for a rapidly precessing accretion flow around V4641 Sgr, possibly leading to a transient microblazar behavior.

Category: Physics