Query : 2007A&A...475..121T

2007A&A...475..121T - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 475, 121-131 (2007/11-3)

The variable X-ray spectrum of Markarian 766. II. Time-resolved spectroscopy.


Abstract (from CDS):

The variable X-ray spectra of AGN systematically show steep power-law high states and hard-spectrum low states. The hard, low state has previously been found to be a component with only weak variability. The origin of this component and the relative importance of effects such as absorption and relativistic blurring are currently not clear. In a follow-up of previous principal components analysis we aim to determine the relative importance of scattering and absorption effects on the time-varying X-ray spectrum of the narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxy Mrk 766. Time-resolved spectroscopy, slicing XMM and Suzaku data down to 25ks elements is used to investigate whether absorption or scattering components dominate the spectral variations in Mrk 766. Time-resolved spectroscopy confirms that spectral variability in Mrk 766 can be explained by either of two interpretations of principal components analysis. Detailed investigation confirm rapid changes in the relative strengths of scattered and direct emission or rapid changes in absorber covering fraction provide good explanations of most of the spectral variability. However, a strong correlation between the 6.97keV absorption line and primary continuum together with rapid opacity changes show that variations in a complex and multi-layered absorber, most likely a disk wind, are the dominant source of spectral variability in Mrk 766.

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Journal keyword(s): galaxies: Seyfert - X-rays: galaxies

Simbad objects: 4

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Number of rows : 4
N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
ICRS (J2000)
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2023
1 NGC 3516 Sy1 11 06 47.4632200800 +72 34 07.298374656   13.12 12.40     ~ 1506 0
2 NGC 4151 Sy1 12 10 32.5759813872 +39 24 21.063527532   12.18 11.48     ~ 3602 2
3 NGC 4253 Sy1 12 18 26.5163572920 +29 48 46.531535472   14.34 13.57     ~ 1015 1
4 ESO 383-35 Sy1 13 35 53.7691256160 -34 17 44.160716796   13.89 13.61 8.9   ~ 1459 0

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