Query : 2015A&A...573A.120P

2015A&A...573A.120P - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 573A, 120-120 (2015/1-1)

The truncated and evolving inner accretion disc of the black hole GX 339-4.


Abstract (from CDS):

The nature of accretion onto stellar mass black holes in the low/hard state remains unresolved, with some evidence suggesting that the inner accretion disc is truncated and replaced by a hot flow. However, the detection of relativistic broadened Fe emission lines, even at relatively low luminosities, seems to require an accretion disc extending fully to its innermost stable circular orbit. Modelling such features is, however, highly susceptible to degeneracies, which could easily bias any interpretation. We present the first systematic study of the Fe line region to track how the inner accretion disc evolves in the low/hard state of the black hole GX 339-4. Our four observations display increased broadening of the Fe line over two magnitudes in luminosity, which we use to track any variation of the disc inner radius. We find that the disc extends closer to the black hole at higher luminosities, but is consistent with being truncated throughout the entire low/hard state, a result which renders black hole spin estimates inaccurate at these stages of the outburst. Furthermore, we show that the evolution of our spectral inner disc radius estimates corresponds very closely to the trend of the break frequency in Fourier power spectra, supporting the interpretation of a truncated and evolving disc in the hard state.

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Journal keyword(s): accretion, accretion disks - black hole physics - relativistic processes - X-rays: binaries

Simbad objects: 3

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Number of rows : 3
N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
ICRS (J2000)
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2023
1 NGC 3783 Sy1 11 39 01.7096819040 -37 44 19.009642992   12.46 13.43 11.33 12.1 ~ 1602 0
2 V* V821 Ara HXB 17 02 49.3876391280 -48 47 23.087954544 16.20 16.30 15.5     ~ 1996 0
3 2MAXI J1753-013 LXB 17 53 28.2898766424 -01 27 06.256555272 15.30 16.73 16.46 16.15 15.64 ~ 342 0

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