X-RAY REFLECTION SPECTROSCOPY OF THE BLACK HOLE GX 339–4: EXPLORING THE HARD STATE WITH UNPRECEDENTED SENSITIVITY
Author(s)Steiner, James F.; McClintock, Jeffrey E.; Grinberg, Victoria; Dauser, Thomas; Garcia, Javier A.; Remillard, Ronald Alan; ... Show more Show less
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We analyze simultaneously six composite RXTE spectra of GX 339–4 in the hard state comprising 77 million counts collected over 196 ks. The source spectra are ordered by luminosity and span the range 1.6%–17% of the Eddington luminosity. Crucially, using our new tool pcacorr, we re-calibrate the data to a precision of 0.1%, an order of magnitude improvement over all earlier work. Using our advanced reflection model relxill, we target the strong features in the component of emission reflected from the disk, namely, the relativistically broadened Fe K emission line, the Fe K edge, and the Compton hump. We report results for two joint fits to the six spectra: For the first fit, we fix the spin parameter to its maximal value (a* = 0.998) and allow the inner disk radius R[subscript in] to vary. Results include (i) precise measurements of R[subscript in], with evidence that the disk becomes slightly truncated at a few percent of Eddington and (ii) an order-of-magnitude swing with luminosity in the high energy cutoff, which reaches >890 keV at our lowest luminosity. For the second fit, we make the standard assumption in estimating spin that the inner edge of the accretion disk is located at the innermost stable circular orbit (R[subscript in] = R[subscript ISCO]) and find a* = 0.95[+0.03 over -0.05] (90% confidence, statistical). For both fits, and at the same level of statistical confidence, we estimate that the disk inclination is i = 48° ± 1° and that the Fe abundance is super-solar, A[subscript Fe] = 5 ± 1.
DepartmentKavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research
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Garcia, Javier A., James F. Steiner, Jeffrey E. McClintock, Ronald A. Remillard, Victoria Grinberg, and Thomas Dauser. “X-RAY REFLECTION SPECTROSCOPY OF THE BLACK HOLE GX 339–4: EXPLORING THE HARD STATE WITH UNPRECEDENTED SENSITIVITY.” The Astrophysical Journal 813, no. 2 (October 29, 2015): 84. © 2015 The American Astronomical Society
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