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Title: Observations of Cygnus X-1 during the two spectral states with the Indian X-ray Astronomy Experiment (IXAE)
Authors: Rao, A.R.
Agrawal, P.C.
Paul, Biswajit
Vahia, M.N.
Yadav, J.S.
Marar, T.M.K.
Seetha, S.
Kasturirangan, K.
Issue Date: Feb-1998
Publisher: EDP Sciences
Citation: Astronomy and Astrophysics, 1998, Vol.330, p181-188
Abstract: We present the time variability characteristics of Cygnus X-1 in its two spectral states. The observations were carried out using the Pointed Proportional Counters (PPC) on-board the Indian X-ray Astronomy Experiment (IXAE). The details of the instrument characteristics, the observation strategy, and the background modeling methods are described. In the soft state of Cyg X-1, we confirm the general trend of the Power Density Spectrum (PDS) obtained using the Proportional Counter Array (PCA) on-board the RXTE satellite. The hard state of the source just prior to the spectral transition was not observed by the PCA and we present the PDS obtained in this state. We find that the low frequency end of the PDS is flatter than that observed during the spectral transition. Additionally, we find that there is one more component in the low frequency end of the PDS, which is independent of the spectral state of the source. The time variability is also examined by taking the statistics of the occurrence of shots and it is found that the shot duration and shot energy follow an exponential distribution, with time constants significantly different in the two spectral states. In the soft state of the source a shot with a very large strength has been identified and it has exponential rise and decay phases with time constants of 0.4 s. We examine these results in the light of the current models for accretion onto black holes.
Description: Open Access
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2289/4910
ISSN: 0004-6361
Alternative Location: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1998A%26A...330..181R
http://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/9710284
Copyright: 1998 EDP Sciences
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