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2013MNRAS.429.2655S - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 429, 2655-2661 (2013/March-1)

Relations between X-ray timing features and spectral parameters of galactic black hole X-ray binaries.


Abstract (from CDS):

We present a study of correlations between spectral and timing parameters for a sample of black hole X-ray binary candidates. Data are taken from GX339-4, H1743-322 and XTEJ1650-500, as the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer observed complete outbursts of these sources. In our study we investigate outbursts that happened before the end of 2009 to make use of the high-energy coverage of the High Energy X-ray Timing Experiment detector and select observations that show a certain type of quasi-periodic oscillations (QPOs; type-C). The spectral parameters are derived using the empirical convolution model simpl to model the Comptonized component of the emission together with a disc blackbody for the emission of the accretion disc. Additional spectral features, namely a reflection component, a high-energy cut-off and excess emission at 6.4keV, are taken into account. Our investigations confirm the known positive correlation between photon index and centroid frequency of the QPOs and reveal an anticorrelation between the fraction of up-scattered photons and the QPO frequency. We show that both correlations behave as expected in the `sombrero' geometry. Furthermore, we find that during outburst decay the correlation between photon index and QPO frequency follows a general track, independent of individual outbursts.

Abstract Copyright: © 2013 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society (2013)

Journal keyword(s): black hole physics - binaries: close - X-rays: binaries - X-rays: individual: GX339-4 - X-rays: individual: H1743-322 - X-rays: individual: XTEJ1650-500

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