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Title: Astrosat/laxpc reveals the high-energy variability of GRS 1915+105 in the χ class
Authors: Yadav, J.S.
Misra, Ranjeev
Paul, Biswajit
Ishwara-Chandra, C.H.
+9 Co-authors
Keywords: accretion
black hole physics
Issue Date: 10-Dec-2016
Publisher: IOP Sciences for The American Astronomical Society
Citation: Astrophysical Journal, 2016, Vol. 833, p 27
Abstract: We present the first quick look analysis of data from nine AstroSat's Large Area X-ray Proportional Counter (LAXPC) observations of GRS 1915+105 during 2016 March when the source had the characteristics of being in the Radio-quiet χ class. We find that a simple empirical model of a disk blackbody emission, with Comptonization and a broad Gaussian Iron line can fit the time-averaged 3–80 keV spectrum with a systematic uncertainty of 1.5% and a background flux uncertainty of 4%. A simple dead time corrected Poisson noise level spectrum matches well with the observed high-frequency power spectra till 50 kHz and as expected the data show no significant high-frequency ($\gt 20\,\mathrm{Hz}$) features. Energy dependent power spectra reveal a strong low-frequency (2–8 Hz) quasi-periodic oscillation and its harmonic along with broadband noise. The QPO frequency changes rapidly with flux (nearly 4 Hz in ~5 hr). With increasing QPO frequency, an excess noise component appears significantly in the high-energy regime ($\gt 8$ keV). At the QPO frequencies, the time-lag as a function of energy has a non-monotonic behavior such that the lags decrease with energy till about 15–20 keV and then increase for higher energies. These first-look results benchmark the performance of LAXPC at high energies and confirms that its data can be used for more sophisticated analysis such as flux or frequency-resolved spectro-timing studies.
Description: Open Access
ISSN: 0004-637X
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Copyright: 2016, The American Astronomical Society.
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