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See detailBlack hole spin and size of the X-ray-emitting region(s) in the Seyfert 1.5 galaxy ESO 362-G18
Agis-Gonzalez, Beatriz ULiege; Miniutti, G.; Kara, E. et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2014), 443

We report results from multi-epoch X-ray observations of the Seyfert 1.5 galaxy ESO 362-G18 performed between 2005 November and 2010 June. ESO 362-G18 generally exhibits the typical X-ray spectrum of type ... [more ▼]

We report results from multi-epoch X-ray observations of the Seyfert 1.5 galaxy ESO 362-G18 performed between 2005 November and 2010 June. ESO 362-G18 generally exhibits the typical X-ray spectrum of type 1 active galactic nuclei. A disc-reflection component accounts for broad residuals in the iron K band and above 10 keV, as well as for a significant soft excess. From our best-fitting reflection model, we measure a black hole spin a ≥ 0.92 at the 99.99 per cent confidence level. ESO 362-G18 is also (typically) mildly absorbed by a column of neutral gas. The absorber is variable and one observation, performed ˜2 months after a typical mildly absorbed one, is heavily absorbed by a cold column density of ˜ 3-4 × 10[SUP]23[/SUP] cm[SUP]-2[/SUP], nearly two orders of magnitude higher than that during any other observation. UV variability between the heavily absorbed observation and the others suggests that the absorber can be identified with a dusty, clumpy torus. The absorption variability time-scale enables us to locate the X-ray-emitting region within the innermost ˜50 gravitational radii. Such result holds not only for the X-ray continuum, but also for the soft excess. [less ▲]

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