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1999ApJ...512..136N - Astrophys. J., 512, 136-139 (1999/February-2)

The equilibrium photoionized absorber in 3C 351.


Abstract (from CDS):

We present two ROSAT Position Sensitive Proportional Counter (PSPC) observations of the radio-loud, lobe-dominated quasar 3C 351, which shows an ``ionized absorber'' in its X-ray spectrum. The factor of 1.7 change in flux in the ∼2 years between the observations allows a test of models for this ionized absorber.

The absorption feature at ∼0.7 keV (quasar frame) is present in both spectra but with a lower optical depth when the source intensity–and hence the ionizing flux at the absorber–is higher, in accordance with a simple, single-zone, equilibrium photoionization model. Detailed modeling confirms this agreement quantitatively. The maximum response time of 2 years allows us to limit the gas density: ne>2x104 cm–3; and the distance R of the ionized gas from the central source is less than 19 pc. This produces a strong test for a photoionized absorber in 3C 351: a factor of 2 flux change in ∼1 week in this source must show nonequilibrium effects in the ionized absorber.

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Journal keyword(s): Galaxies: Quasars: Individual: Alphanumeric: 3C 351 - X-Rays: Galaxies

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