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2014MNRAS.441.3656R - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 441, 3656-3665 (2014/July-2)

The quiescent X-ray spectrum of accreting black holes.


Abstract (from CDS):

The quiescent state is the dominant accretion mode for black holes on all mass scales. Our knowledge of the X-ray spectrum is limited due to the characteristic low luminosity in this state. Herein, we present an analysis of the sample of dynamically confirmed stellar-mass black holes observed in quiescence in the Chandra/XMM-Newton/Suzaku era resulting in a sample of eight black holes with ∼ 570 ks of observations. In contrast to the majority of active galactic nuclei where observations are limited by contamination from diffuse gas, the stellar-mass systems allow for a clean study of the X-ray spectrum resulting from the accretion flow alone. The data are characterized using simple models. We find a model consisting of a power law or thermal bremsstrahlung to both provide excellent descriptions of the data, where we measure Γ = 2.06±0.03 and kT = 5.03^+0.33_-0.31 keV, respectively, in the 0.3-10keV bandpass, at a median luminosity of Lx ∼ 5.5x10–7LEdd. This result in discussed in the context of our understanding of the accretion flow on to stellar and supermassive black holes at low luminosities.

Abstract Copyright: © 2014 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society (2014)

Journal keyword(s): accretion, accretion discs - black hole physics - stars: black holes - X-rays: binaries

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