Query : 2010A&A...518A..12R

2010A&A...518A..12R - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 518, A12-12 (2010/7-2)

Gamma-ray absorption and the origin of the gamma-ray flare in Cygnus X-1.


Abstract (from CDS):

The high-mass microquasar Cyg X-1, the best-established candidate for a stellar-mass black hole in the Galaxy, has been detected in a flaring state at very high energies (VHE), E>200GeV, by the Atmospheric Cherenkov Telescope MAGIC. The flare occurred at orbital phase φ=0.91, where φ=1 is the configuration with the black hole behind the companion high-mass star, when the absorption of gamma-ray photons by photon-photon annihilation with the stellar field is expected to be highest. We aim to set up a model for the high-energy emission and absorption in Cyg X-1 that can explain the nature of the observed gamma-ray flare. We study the gamma-ray opacity due to pair creation along the whole orbit, and for different locations of the emitter. Then we consider a possible mechanism for the production of the VHE emission. We present detailed calculations of the gamma-ray opacity and infer from these calculations the distance from the black hole where the emitting region was located. We suggest that the flare was the result of a jet-clump interaction where the decay products of inelastic p-p collisions dominate the VHE outcome. We are able to reproduce the spectrum of Cyg X-1 during the observed flare under reasonable assumptions. The flare may be the first event of jet-cloud interaction ever detected at such high energies.

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Journal keyword(s): X-rays: binaries - gamma-rays: general - radiation mechanisms: non-thermal - stars: winds, outflows

Simbad objects: 5

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Number of rows : 5
N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
ICRS (J2000)
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2023
1 LS I +61 303 HXB 02 40 31.6644419688 +61 13 45.593918580 11.27 11.61 10.75 10.19 9.55 B0Ve 817 2
2 CPD-63 2495 HXB 13 02 47.6544015048 -63 50 08.626970292 10.34 10.72 9.98 10.03   O9.5Ve 748 0
3 V* V479 Sct HXB 18 26 15.0561548880 -14 50 54.247274304 12.02 12.23 11.27 11.04   ON6V((f))z 546 2
4 HD 226868 HXB 19 58 21.6757355952 +35 12 05.784512688 9.38 9.72 8.91 8.42   O9.7Iabpvar 4188 0
5 V* V1521 Cyg HXB 20 32 25.78 +40 57 27.9           WN4/5-6/7 1883 2

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