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ID: 5973.0, MPI für extraterrestrische Physik / High Energy Astrophysics at MPE
XMM-Newton discovery of a sharp spectral feature at ~ 7 keV in the narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxy 1H 0707-495
Authors:Boller, Th.; Fabian, A. C.; Sunyaev, R.; Trümper, J.; Vaughan, S.; Ballantyne, D. R.; Brandt, W. N.; Keil, R.; Iwasawa, K.
Language:English
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2002-01-01
Title of Journal:Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Journal Abbrev.:Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc.
Volume:329
Issue / Number:1
Start Page:L1
End Page:L5
Review Status:Peer-review
Audience:Experts Only
Abstract / Description:We report the first detection of a sharp spectral feature in a narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxy. Using XMM-Newton we have observed 1H 0707 - 495 and find a drop in flux by a factor of more than 2 at a rest-frame energy of similar to 7 keV without any detectable narrow Fe Kalpha line emission. The energy of this feature suggests a connection with the neutral iron K photoelectric edge, but the lack of any obvious absorption in the spectrum at lower energies makes the interpretation challenging. We explore two alternative explanations for this unusual spectral feature: (i) partial-covering absorption by clouds of neutral material; and (ii) ionized disc reflection with lines and edges from different ionization stages of iron blurred together by relativistic effects. We note that both models require an iron overabundance to explain the depth of the feature. The X-ray light curve shows strong and rapid variability, changing by a factor of 4 during the observation. The source displays modest spectral variability which is uncorrelated with flux.
Free Keywords:galaxies : active; galaxies : individual : 1H 0707-495; galaxies : Seyfert; X-rays : galaxies
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:N. N.
Affiliations:MPI für extraterrestrische Physik
Identifiers:ISI:000173446500001
ISSN:0035-8711
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