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  1. LOW-FREQUENCY OSCILLATIONS IN XTE J1550-564

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    Rao Fengyun; Belloni, Tomaso; Stella, Luigi; Zhang Shuangnan; Li Tipei E-mail: tomaso.belloni@brera.inaf.i

    2010-05-10

    We present the results of a timing analysis of the low-frequency quasi-periodic oscillation (QPO) in the Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer data of the black hole binary XTE J1550-564 during its 1998 outburst. The QPO frequency is observed to vary on timescales between {approx}100 s and days, correlated with the count rate contribution from the optically thick accretion disk: we studied this correlation and discuss its influence on the QPO width. In all observations, the quality factors ({nu}{sub 0}/FWHM) of the fundamental and second harmonic peaks were observed to be consistent, suggesting that the quasi-periodic nature of the oscillation is due to frequency modulation. In addition to the QPO and its harmonic peaks, a new 1.5{nu} component was detected in the power spectra. This component is broad, with a quality factor of {approx}0.6. From this, we argue that the peak observed at half the QPO frequency, usually referred to as 'sub-harmonic', could be the fundamental frequency, leading to the sequence 1:2:3:4. We also studied the energy dependence of the timing features and conclude that the two continuum components observed in the power spectrum, although both more intense at high energies, show a different dependence on energy. At low energies, the lowest-frequency component dominates, while at high energies the higher-frequency one has a higher fractional rms. An interplay between these two components was also observed as a function of their characteristic frequency. In this source, the transition between the low/hard state and the hard-intermediate state appears to be a smooth process.

  2. Non-linear behaviour of XTE J1550-564 during its 1998-1999 outburst, revealed by recurrence analysis

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    Suková, Petra; Janiuk, Agnieszka

    2016-06-01

    We study the X-ray emission of the microquasar XTE J1550-564 and analyze the properties of its light curves using the recurrence analysis method. The indicators for non-linear dynamics of the accretion flow are found in the very high state and soft state of this source. The significance of deterministic variability depends on the energy band. We discuss the non-linear dynamics of the accretion flow in the context of the disc-corona geometry and propagating oscillations in the accretion flow.

  3. Multiwavelength Observations of the Black Hole Candidate XTE J1550-564 during the 2000 Outburst

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    Jain, Raj K.; Bailyn, Charles D.; Orosz, Jerome A.; McClintock, Jeffrey E.; Remillard, Ronald A.

    2001-06-01

    We report optical, infrared, and X-ray light curves for the outburst, in 2000, of the black hole candidate XTE J1550-564. We find that the start of the outburst in the H and V bands precedes that seen in the Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer All-Sky Monitor by 11.5+/-0.9 and 8.8+/-0.6 days, respectively; a similar delay has been observed in two other systems. About 50 days after the primary maxima in the VIH light curves, we find secondary maxima, most prominently in H. This secondary peak is absent in the X-ray light curve but coincides with a transition to the low/hard state. We suggest that this secondary peak may be due to nonthermal emission associated with the formation of a jet.

  4. Observational Signatures of Black Holes: Spectral and Temporal Features of XTE J1550-564

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    Titarchuk, Lev; Shrader, C. R.; White, Nicholas E. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    The theoretical predictions of the converging inflow, or Bulk-Motion Comptonization model are discussed and some predictions are compared to X- and gamma-ray observations of the high-soft state of Galactic black hole candidate XTE J1550+564. The approx. 10(exp 2)-Hz QPO phenomenon tends to be detected in the high-state at times when the bolometric luminosity surges and the hard-powerlaw spectral component is dominant. Furthermore, the power in these features increases with energy. We offer interpretation of this phenomenon, as oscillations of the innermost part of the accretion disk, which in turn supplies the seed photons for the converging inflow where the hard power-law is formed through Bulk Motion Comptonization (BMC). We further argue that the noted lack of coherence between intensity variations of the high-soft-state low and high energy bands is a natural consequence of our model, and that a natural explanation for the observed hard and soft lag phenomenon is offered. In addition, we address some criticisms of the BMC model supporting our claims with observational results.

  5. X-ray timing and spectral observations of galactic black hole candidate XTE J1550-564 during outburst

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    Reilly, Kaice Theodore

    2003-09-01

    The timing and spectral properties of the soft X-ray transient (SXT) and microquasar XTE J1550-564 during outburst are studied, emphasizing observations made by the Unconventional Stellar Aspect (USA) Experiment. USA data show a low-frequency quasi-periodic oscillation (LFQPO) with a centroid frequency that tends to increase with increasing flux and a fractional rms amplitude which is correlated with the USA hardness ratio. Several high- frequency quasi-periodic oscillations (HFQPOs) were detected by RXTE, during periods where the LFQPO is seen to be weakening or not detectable at all. The evolution of the USA hardness ratio with time and source flux is examined. The hardness-intensity diagram shows counterclockwise cyclical evolution and possibly indicates the presence of two independent accretion flows: a geometrically thin, optically thick accretion disk and a hot sub-Keplerian flow. A model for production of the LFQPO in XTE J1550-564 is proposed, assuming that the LFQPO is a result of acoustic oscillations in a hot sub-Keplerian transition layer (TL). Under this acoustic oscillation model (AOM), the TL is an acoustic cavity having an outer boundary at RTL, where R TL ≈ Rinner, with Rinner being the radius of the accretion disk inner edge. TL resonance is interpreted as a mechanism for the LFQPO and the eigenfrequencies are associated with the LFQPO frequencies, ν LFQPO. This LFQPO mechanism requires the presence of a TL, capable of inverse-Compton scattering, with RTL regulated by a cool Keplerian accretion disk. Support for the AOM is provided by the correlation of the LFQPO percent rms amplitude with the USA hardness ratio, and other correlations and anti-correlations found in the USA, RXTE and BATSE observations. LFQPO data show increasing rms amplitude with increasing high energy flux and increasing νLFQPO with increasing low energy flux. These observations indicate that ν LFQPO is set by the accretion disk inner edge. The spectrally inferred Rinner

  6. Implication of the Observable Spectral Cutoff Energy Evolution in XTE J1550-564

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    Titarchuk, Lev; Shaposhnikov, Nikolai

    2010-01-01

    The physical mechanisms responsible for production of the non-thermal emission in accreting black holes should be imprinted in the observational appearances of the power law tails in the X-ray spectra from these objects. Variety of spectral states observed from galactic black hole binaries by it Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) allow examination of the photon upscattering under different accretion regimes. We revisit of RXTE data collected from the black hole X-ray binary XTE J1550-564 during two periods of X-ray activity in 1998 and 2000 focusing on the behavior of the high energy cutoff of the power law part of the spectrum. For the 1998 outburst the Iran- sition from the low-hard state to the intermediate state was accompanied by a gradual decrease in the cutoff energy which then showed a sharp reversal to a clear increasing trend during the further evolution towards the very high and high-soft states. However, the 2000 outburst showed only the decreasing part of this pattern. Notably, the photon indexes corresponding to the cutoff increase for the 1998 event are much higher than the index values reached during the 2000 rise transition. We attribute this difference in the cutoff' energy behav- for to the different partial contributions of the thermal and non-thermal (bulk motion) Comptonization in photon upscattering. Namely, during the 1998 event the higher accretion rate presumably provided more cooling to the Comptonizing media and thus reducing the effectiveness of the thermal upscattering process. Under these conditions the bulk motion takes a leading role in boosting the input soft photons. Monte Carlo simulations of the The physical mechanisms responsible for production of the non-thermal emission in accreting black holes should be imprinted in the observational apperances of the power law tails in the X-ray spectra from these objects. Variety of spectral states observed from galactic black hole binaries by it Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) allow

  7. Implication of the Observed Spectral Cutoff Energy Evolution in XTE J1550-564

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    Titarchuk, Lev; Shaposhnikov, Nikolai

    2010-12-01

    The physical mechanisms responsible for the production of non-thermal emission in accreting black holes (BHs) should be imprinted in the observational appearances of the power-law tails in the X-ray spectra from these objects. Phenomenology of different spectral states exhibited by galactic BH binaries allows us to establish the physics of the photon upscattering under different accretion regimes. We revisit the data collected by the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer from the BH X-ray binary XTE J1550-564 during two periods of X-ray activity in 1998 and 2000 focusing on the behavior of the high-energy cutoff of the power-law part of the spectrum. For the 1998 outburst, the transition from the low-hard state to the intermediate state was accompanied by a gradual decrease in the cutoff energy. This was followed by an extended minimum which then showed an abrupt reversal to a clear increasing trend as the source evolved to the very high and high-soft states. The 2000 outburst showed only the decreasing and extended minimum portions of this pattern. We attribute this difference in the cutoff energy behavior to the different partial contributions of the thermal and non-thermal (bulk motion) Comptonization. Namely, during the 1998 event the higher accretion rate presumably provided more cooling to the Comptonizing media and thus reducing the effectiveness of the thermal upscattering process. Under these conditions, the bulk motion takes a leading role in boosting the input soft photons. Recent Monte Carlo simulations by Laurent & Titarchuk strongly support this scenario.

  8. Near-infrared and optical observations of the failed outbursts of black hole binary XTE J1550-564

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    Curran, P. A.; Chaty, S.

    2013-09-01

    Context. A number of low mass X-ray binaries (LMXBs) undergo "failed outbursts" in which, instead of evolving through the canonical states, they remain in a hard state throughout the outburst. While the sources of X-ray and radio emission in the hard state are relatively well understood, the origin of the near-infrared (NIR) and optical emission is more complex though it likely stems from an amalgam of different emission processes, occurring as it does, at the intersecting wavelengths of those processes. Aims: We aim to identify the NIR/optical emission region(s) during a number of failed outbursts of one such LMXB and black hole candidate, XTE J1550-564, in order to confirm or refute their classification as hard-state, failed outbursts. Methods: We present unique NIR/optical images and spectra, obtained with the ESO-New Technology Telescope, during the failed outbursts of 2001 and 2000. We compare the NIR/optical photometric, timing, and spectral properties with those expected for the different emission mechanisms in the various LMXB states. Results: The NIR/optical data are consistent with having come from reprocessing of X-rays in the accretion disk, with no evidence of direct thermal emission from the disk itself. However, the observed variability in high-cadence NIR light curves suggest that the radio jet extends and contributes to the NIR wavelengths. Conclusions: We find that these failed outbursts did not transition to an intermediate state but remained in a true, hard state where there was no sign of jet quenching or deviation from the observed hard state correlations. Based on observations made with the European Southern Observatory telescopes obtained from the ESO/ST-ECF Science Archive Facility.

  9. Accretion flow behaviour during the evolution of the quasi-periodic oscillation frequency of XTE J1550-564 in 1998 outburst

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    Chakrabarti, Sandip K.; Dutta, Broja G.; Pal, P. S.

    2009-04-01

    Low and intermediate frequency quasi-periodic oscillations (QPOs) are thought to be due to oscillations of Comptonizing regions or hot regions embedded in Keplerian discs. Observational evidence of evolutions of QPOs would therefore be very important as they throw lights on the dynamics of the hotter region. Our aim is to find systems in which there is a well-defined correlation among the frequencies of the QPOs over a range of time so as to understand the physical picture. In this paper, we concentrate on the archival data of XTE J1550-564 obtained during 1998 outburst, and study the systematic drifts during the rising phase from the 1998 September 7 to the 1998 September 19, when the QPO frequency increased monotonically from 81mHz to 13.1Hz. Immediately after that, QPO frequency started to decrease and on the 1998 September 26, the QPO frequency became 2.62Hz. After that, its value remained almost constant. This frequency drift can be modelled satisfactorily with a propagatory oscillating shock solution where the post-shock region behaves as the Comptonized region. Comparing with the nature of a more recent 2005 outburst of another black hole candidate GRO 1655-40, where QPOs disappeared at the end of the rising phase, we conjecture that this so-called `outburst' may not be a full-fledged outburst.

  10. Large scale radio/X-ray jets in microquasars

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    Corbel, Stephane; Tzioumis, Anastasios; Fender, Rob; Kaaret, Philip; Orosz, Jerry; Tomsick, John

    2012-10-01

    The discovery with ATCA of large scale radio lobes around the microquasar XTE J1550-564 has led to the discovery with Chandra (for the first time) of moving relativistic X-ray jets in a galactic accreting source. The lobes are likely due to the interaction of relativistic plasma with the ISM. This ATCA proposal has allowed similar discovery in H 1743-322, and therefore that it maybe a common occurrence in the Galaxy. Recently, we have witnessed with ATCA the formation of similar lobes in the black hole GX 339-4. We propose to use the Compact Array to continue our search for radio lobes in microquasars that have been active in the past years.

  11. Large scale radio/X-ray jets in microquasars

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    Corbel, Stephane; Tzioumis, Anastasios; Fender, Rob; Kaaret, Philip; Tomsick, John; Orosz, Jerry

    2011-10-01

    The discovery with ATCA of large scale radio lobes around the microquasar XTE J1550-564 has led to the discovery with Chandra (for the first time) of moving relativistic X-ray jets in a galactic accreting source. The lobes are likely due to the interaction of relativistic plasma with the ISM. This ATCA proposal has allowed similar discovery in H 1743-322, and therefore that it maybe a common occurrence in the Galaxy. Recently, we have witnessed with ATCA the formation of similar lobes in the black hole GX 339-4. We propose to use the Compact Array to continue our search for radio lobes in microquasars that have been active in the past years.

  12. Large scale radio/X-ray jets in microquasars

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    Corbel, Stephane; Tzioumis, Anastasios; Fender, Rob; Kaaret, Philip; Orosz, Jerry; Tomsick, John

    2013-10-01

    The discovery with ATCA of large scale radio lobes around the microquasar XTE J1550-564 has led to the discovery with Chandra (for the first time) of moving relativistic X-ray jets in a galactic accreting source. The lobes are likely due to the interaction of relativistic plasma with the ISM. This ATCA proposal has allowed similar discovery in H 1743-322, and therefore that it maybe a common occurrence in the Galaxy. Recently, we have witnessed with ATCA the formation of similar lobes in the black hole GX 339-4. We propose to use the Compact Array to continue our search for radio lobes in microquasars that have been active in the past years.

  13. Large scale radio/X-ray jets in microquasars

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    Corbel, Stephane; Tzioumis, Anastasios; Fender, Rob; Kaaret, Philip; Tomsick, John; Orosz, Jerry

    2011-04-01

    The discovery with ATCA of large scale radio lobes around the microquasar XTE J1550-564 has led to the discovery with Chandra (for the first time) of moving relativistic X-ray jets in a galactic accreting source. The lobes are likely due to the interaction of relativistic plasma with the ISM. This ATCA proposal has allowed similar discovery in H 1743-322, and therefore that it maybe a common occurrence in the Galaxy. Recently, we have witnessed with ATCA the formation of similar lobes in the black hole GX 339-4. We propose to use the Compact Array to continue our search for radio lobes in microquasars that have been active in the past years.

  14. Large scale radio/X-ray jets in microquasars

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    Corbel, Stephane; Tzioumis, Anastasios; Fender, Rob; Kaaret, Philip; Orosz, Jerry; Tomsick, John

    2013-04-01

    The discovery with ATCA of large scale radio lobes around the microquasar XTE J1550-564 has led to the discovery with Chandra (for the first time) of moving relativistic X-ray jets in a galactic accreting source. The lobes are likely due to the interaction of relativistic plasma with the ISM. This ATCA proposal has allowed similar discovery in H 1743-322, and therefore that it maybe a common occurrence in the Galaxy. Recently, we have witnessed with ATCA the formation of similar lobes in the black hole GX 339-4. We propose to use the Compact Array to continue our search for radio lobes in microquasars that have been active in the past years.

  15. Large scale radio/X-ray jets in microquasars

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    Corbel, Stephane; Tzioumis, Anastasios; Fender, Rob; Kaaret, Philip; Tomsick, John; Orosz, Jerry

    2012-04-01

    The discovery with ATCA of large scale radio lobes around the microquasar XTE J1550-564 has led to the discovery with Chandra (for the first time) of moving relativistic X-ray jets in a galactic accreting source. The lobes are likely due to the interaction of relativistic plasma with the ISM. This ATCA proposal has allowed similar discovery in H 1743-322, and therefore that it maybe a common occurrence in the Galaxy. Recently, we have witnessed with ATCA the formation of similar lobes in the black hole GX 339-4. We propose to use the Compact Array to continue our search for radio lobes in microquasars that have been active in the past years.

  16. Large scale radio/X-ray jets in microquasars

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    Corbel, Stephane; Tzioumis, Anastasios; Fender, Rob; Kaaret, Philip; Orosz, Jerry; Tomsick, John; Loh, Alan

    2014-10-01

    The discovery with ATCA of large scale radio lobes around the microquasar XTE J1550-564 has led to the discovery with Chandra (for the first time) of moving relativistic X-ray jets in a galactic accreting source. The lobes are likely due to the interaction of relativistic plasma with the ISM. This ATCA proposal has allowed similar discovery in H 1743-322, and therefore that it maybe a common occurrence in the Galaxy. Recently, we have witnessed with ATCA the formation of similar lobes in the black hole GX 339-4. We propose to use the Compact Array to continue our search for radio lobes in microquasars that have been active in the past years. The proposed observations are optimized to discover and study (flux evolution, morphology, SED, proper motion, ...) new radio lobes from microquasars. This will have implications not only for the study of jets from Galactic X-ray binaries, but also for our understanding of relativistic jets from active galactic nuclei (AGN).

  17. Large scale radio/X-ray jets in microquasars (NAPA part)

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    Corbel, Stephane; Tzioumis, Anastasios; Fender, Rob; Kaaret, Philip; Orosz, Jerry; Tomsick, John; Loh, Alan

    2014-10-01

    The discovery with ATCA of large scale radio lobes around the microquasar XTE J1550-564 has led to the discovery with Chandra (for the first time) of moving relativistic X-ray jets in a galactic accreting source. The lobes are likely due to the interaction of relativistic plasma with the ISM. This ATCA proposal has allowed similar discovery in H 1743-322, and therefore that it maybe a common occurrence in the Galaxy. Recently, we have witnessed with ATCA the formation of similar lobes in the black hole GX 339-4. We propose to use the Compact Array to continue our search for radio lobes in microquasars that have been active in the past years. The proposed observations are optimized to discover and study (flux evolution, morphology, SED, proper motion, ...) new radio lobes from microquasars. This will have implications not only for the study of jets from Galactic X-ray binaries, but also for our understanding of relativistic jets from active galactic nuclei (AGN).

  18. THE DISTANCE, INCLINATION, AND SPIN OF THE BLACK HOLE MICROQUASAR H1743-322

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    Steiner, James F.; McClintock, Jeffrey E.; Reid, Mark J.

    2012-01-20

    During its 2003 outburst, the black hole X-ray transient H1743-322 produced two-sided radio and X-ray jets. Applying a simple and symmetric kinematic model to the trajectories of these jets, we determine the source distance, 8.5 {+-} 0.8 kpc, and the inclination angle of the jets, 75 Degree-Sign {+-} 3 Degree-Sign . Using these values, we estimate the spin of the black hole by fitting its Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer spectra, obtained during the 2003 outburst, to a standard relativistic accretion-disk model. For its spin, we find a{sub *} = 0.2 {+-} 0.3 (68% limits), -0.3 < a{sub *} < 0.7 at 90% confidence. We strongly rule against an extreme value of spin: a{sub *} < 0.92 at 99.7% confidence. H1743-322 is the third known microquasar (after A0620-00 and XTE J1550-564) that displays large-scale ballistic jets and has a moderate value of spin. Our result, which depends on an empirical distribution of black hole masses, takes into account all known sources of measurement error.

  19. Relativistic Iron Emission and Disk Reflection in Galactic Microquasar XTE J1748-288

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    Miller, J. M.; Fox, D. W.; DiMatteo, T.; Wijnands, R.; Belloni, T.; Pooley, D.; Kouveliotou, C.; Lewin, W. H. G.

    2001-01-01

    We report evidence for an Fe K-alpha fluorescence line feature and disk reflection in the very high, high-, and low-state X-ray spectra of the Galactic microquasar XTE J1748 - 288 during its 1998 June outburst. Spectral analyses are made on data gathered throughout the outburst by the Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer Proportional Counter Array. Gaussian line, relativistic disk emission line, and ionized disk reflection models are fitted to the data. In the very high state the line profile appears strongly redshifted, consistent with disk emission from the innermost stable orbits around a maximally rotating Kerr black hole. In the high state the line profile is less redshifted and increasingly prominent. The low-state line profile is very strong (approx. 0.5 keV equivalent width) and centered at 6.7 +/- 0.10 keV; disk line emission model fits indicate that the inner edge of the disk fluctuates between approx. 20R(sub g) and - approx. 100R(sub g) in this state. The disk reflection fraction is traced through the outburst; reflection from an ionized disk is preferred in the very high and high states, and reflection from a relatively neutral disk is preferred in the low state. We discuss the implications of our findings for the binary system dynamics and accretion flow geometry in XTE J1748 - 288.

  20. Relativistic Iron Emission and Disk Reflection in Galactic Microquasar XTE J1748-288

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    Miller, J. M.; Fox, D. W.; Matteo, T. DI; Wijnands, R.; Belloni, T.; Pooley, D.; Kouveliotou, C.; Lewin, W. H. G.

    2001-01-01

    We report evidence for an Fe K(alpha) fluorescence line feature and disk reflection in the very high, high-, and low-state X-ray spectra of the Galactic microquasar XTE J1748-288 during its 1998 June outburst. Spectral analyses are made on data gathered throughout the outburst by the Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer Proportional Counter Array. Gaussian line, relativistic disk emission line, and ionized disk reflection models are fitted to the data. In the very high state the line profile appears strongly redshifted, consistent with disk emission from the innermost stable orbits around a maximally rotating Kerr black hole. In the high state the line profile is less redshifted and increasingly prominent. The low-state line profile is very strong (approx. 0.5 keV equivalent width) and centered at 6.7 +/- 0.10 keV; disk line emission model fits indicate that the inner edge of the disk fluctuates between approx. 20Rg and approx. 100Rg in this state. The disk reflection fraction is traced through the outburst; reflection from an ionized disk is preferred in the very high and high states, and reflection from a relatively neutral disk is preferred in the low state. We discuss the implications of our findings for the binary system dynamics and accretion flow geometry in XTE J1748-288.

  1. A Resonantly Excited Disk-Oscillation Model of High-Frequency QPOs of Microquasars

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    Kato, Shoji

    2012-12-01

    A possible model of twin high-frequency QPOs (HF QPOs) of microquasars is examined. The disk is assumed to have global magnetic fields and to be deformed with a two-armed pattern. In this deformed disk, a set of a two-armed (m = 2) vertical p-mode oscillation and an axisymmetric (m = 0) g-mode oscillation is considered. They resonantly interact through the disk deformation when their frequencies are the same. This resonant interaction amplifies the set of the above oscillations in the case where these two oscillations have wave energies of opposite signs. These oscillations are assumed to be excited most efficiently in the case where the radial group velocities of these two waves vanish at the same place. The above set of oscillations is not unique, depending on the node number n, of oscillations in the vertical direction. We consider that the basic two sets of oscillations correspond to the twin QPOs. The frequencies of these oscillations depend on the disk parameters, such as the strength of the magnetic fields. For observational mass ranges of GRS 1915+ 105, GRO J1655-40, XTE J1550-564, and HEAO H1743-322, the spins of these sources are estimated. High spins of these sources can be described if the disks have weak poloidal magnetic fields as well as toroidal magnetic fields of moderate strength. In this model the 3:2 frequency ratio of high-frequency QPOs is not related to their excitation, but occurs by chance.

  2. Black hole-jet systems: From blazars to microquasars

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    Xue, Yongquan

    spectral variability, multiple parameters (that characterize the electron distribution and magnetic field) must vary, in contrast to earlier studies that invoke a change in, e.g., only the normalization of the electron distribution, to fit data of poorer quality. Third, to examine the roles of the jets and accretion flows to the spectral energy distribution (SED) of microquasars, I picked two sources (XTE J1550-564 and H 1743-322) whose jets are seen both in X-ray and radio bands, which allows a precise assessment of the contribution from the jets to the overall SED. I applied a synchrotron plus inverse Compton model to fit the broadband SED. The main conclusion is that the synchrotron radiation from the jets may account for 100% of the observed radio fluxes but it contributes little to the observed X- ray emission, which is at odds with some of the recent works by others (which attribute emission in all bands to the jets alone). The X-ray emission, according to my work, comes almost entirely from the accretion flows. Finally, to facilitate understanding of the coupling between the jets and accretion flows in microquasars, I critically examined possible correlation between radio and X-ray variabilities in a sample of microquasars. I found that the diverse behaviors of the radio/X-ray correlation cannot possibly be characterized by a single, universal function, as others have claimed. On the other hand, radio and X-ray variabilities are, to varying degrees, positively correlated in most cases, perhaps indicating the presence of a coupling between the jets and accretion flows. I should note that the claimed universal correlation would have serious implications on theoretical models, which is why it has generated a lot of excitement. However, as shown here, the phenomenology is not that simple.

  3. Low-mass X-ray Binaries with RXTE

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    2004-01-01

    Below are the publications which directly and indirectly evolved from this very successful program: 1) 'Search for millisecond periodicities in type I X-ray bursts of the Rapid Burster'; 2) 'High-Frequency QPOs in the 2000 Outburst of the Galactic Microquasar XTE J1550-564'; 3) 'Chandra and RXTE Spectroscopy of Galactic Microquasar XTE 51550-564 in Outburst'; 4) 'GX 339-4: back to life'; 5) 'Evidence for black hole spin in GX 339-4: XMM-Newton EPIC-PN and RXTE spectroscopy of the very high state'.

  4. Sensitivity of an underwater Čerenkov km 3 telescope to TeV neutrinos from Galactic microquasars

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    Aiello, S.; Ambriola, M.; Ameli, F.; Amore, I.; Anghinolfi, M.; Anzalone, A.; Barbarino, G.; Barbarito, E.; Battaglieri, M.; Bellotti, R.; Beverini, N.; Bonori, M.; Bouhadef, B.; Brescia, M.; Cacopardo, G.; Cafagna, F.; Capone, A.; Caponetto, L.; Castorina, E.; Ceres, A.; Chiarusi, T.; Circella, M.; Cocimano, R.; Coniglione, R.; Cordelli, M.; Costa, M.; Cuneo, S.; D'Amico, A.; De Bonis, G.; De Marzo, C.; De Rosa, G.; De Vita, R.; Distefano, C.; Falchini, E.; Fiorello, C.; Flaminio, V.; Fratini, K.; Gabrielli, A.; Galeotti, S.; Gandolfi, E.; Giacomelli, G.; Giorgi, F.; Grimaldi, A.; Habel, R.; Leonora, E.; Lonardo, A.; Longo, G.; Lo Presti, D.; Lucarelli, F.; Maccioni, E.; Margiotta, A.; Martini, A.; Masullo, R.; Megna, R.; Migneco, E.; Mongelli, M.; Montaruli, T.; Morganti, M.; Musumeci, M.; Nicolau, C. A.; Orlando, A.; Osipenko, M.; Osteria, G.; Papaleo, R.; Pappalardo, V.; Petta, C.; Piattelli, P.; Raia, G.; Randazzo, N.; Reito, S.; Ricco, G.; Riccobene, G.; Ripani, M.; Rovelli, A.; Ruppi, M.; Russo, G. V.; Russo, S.; Sapienza, P.; Sedita, M.; Shirokov, E.; Simeone, F.; Sipala, V.; Spurio, M.; Taiuti, M.; Terreni, G.; Trasatti, L.; Urso, S.; Valente, V.; Vicini, P.

    2007-09-01

    In this paper are presented the results of Monte Carlo simulations on the capability of the proposed NEMO-km 3 telescope to detect TeV muon neutrinos from Galactic microquasars. For each known microquasar we compute the number of detectable events, together with the atmospheric neutrino and muon background events. We also discuss the detector sensitivity to neutrino fluxes expected from known microquasars, optimizing the event selection also to reject the background; the number of events surviving the event selection are given. The best candidates are the steady microquasars SS433 and GX339-4 for which we estimate a sensitivity of about 5 × 10 -11 erg/cm 2 s; the predicted fluxes are expected to be well above this sensitivity. For bursting microquasars the most interesting candidates are Cygnus X-3, GRO J1655-40 and XTE J1118+480: their analyses are more complicated because of the stochastic nature of the bursts.

  5. Microquasars: observations and perspectives

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    Ribó, Marc

    Since their discovery nearly two decades ago, microquasars have been studied in great detail. These sources exhibit transient X-ray and gamma-ray emission, and multi-wavelength observa-tions from radio to gamma rays have revealed the existence of correlations and anti-correlations, which have helped to build up an scenario for the understanding of their outbursts. However, there are still several issues that are not understood, and the mechanism for triggering rela-tivistic jets is still a matter of debate. During the last year, we have seen the first unambiguous detection of a microquasar, Cygnus X-3, at energies above 1 GeV by the Fermi and AGILE satellites. This, together with the evidence of VHE emission from Cygnus X-1 obtained by MAGIC, has reinforced the possibility to detect microquasars by ground based Cherenkov tele-scopes. In this talk I will review microquasars from the observational point of view and I will discuss future strategies for their detection at TeV energies.

  6. XTE Science Briefing from KSCNF

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    1995-01-01

    The X-ray Timing Explorer (XTE), launched on Dec. 30, 1995, is a Satellite that observes the fast-moving, high-energy worlds of black holes, neutron stars, x-ray pulsars and bursts of X-rays that light up the sky and then disappear forever. This videotape presents a pre-launch science briefing to the press by a few of the scientist and managers associated with the XTE satellite. The moderator for the press briefing is Jim Sahli, from the Public Affairs Office at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). He introduces Alan Bunner, of the High Energy Astrophysics at NASA Headquarters; Fred Lamb, from the University of Illinois; Richard Mashotzky, X Ray Scientist at GSFC; Rick Rothschild, Principal Investigator from the University of California at San Diego; and Dale Schultz, the XTE project manager at GSFC. Dr. Bunner explains the electromagnetic spectrum, the placement of x-rays and the importance of the XTE observations to a better understanding of the Universe. Dr. Lamb, explains the difference between white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes, and the type of observations that the XTE will give to a further understanding of these phenomena. Dr. Mashotzky expands the viewpoint to beyond the galaxy, and explains the interests of scientists who hope to use XTE to further study Quasars and Active Galactic Nuclei. Dr. Rothschild reviews some of the features of XTE, using a diagram to show the features of interest, such as the X ray Telescopes, and the collecting Proportional Counter Array (PCA.) Mr. Schultz presents a videotape tour of the XTE, in which he shows the scientific instruments and the other features of the satellite. In this tour, the source of each of the instruments is noted. Questions from the members of the press are then fielded. Many of the questions are about the cost of the XTE and any problems that are anticipated in regards to the launch.

  7. Black hole binaries and microquasars

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    Zhang, Shuang-Nan

    2013-12-01

    This is a general review on the observations and physics of black hole X-ray binaries and microquasars, with the emphasize on recent developments in the high energy regime. The focus is put on understanding the accretion flows and measuring the parameters of black holes in them. It includes mainly two parts: i) Brief review of several recent review article on this subject; ii) Further development on several topics, including black hole spin measurements, hot accretion flows, corona formation, state transitions and thermal stability of standard think disk. This is thus not a regular bottom-up approach, which I feel not necessary at this stage. Major effort is made in making and incorporating from many sources useful plots and illustrations, in order to make this article more comprehensible to non-expert readers. In the end I attempt to make a unification scheme on the accretion-outflow (wind/jet) connections of all types of accreting BHs of all accretion rates and all BH mass scales, and finally provide a brief outlook.

  8. BLACK HOLE MASS AND SPIN FROM THE 2:3 TWIN-PEAK QPOs IN MICROQUASARS

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    Mondal, Soumen

    2010-01-10

    In the Galactic microquasars with double peak kHz quasi-periodic oscillations (QPOs) detected in X-ray fluxes, the ratio of the twin-peak frequencies is exactly, or almost exactly 2:3. This rather strongly supports the fact that they originate a few gravitational radii away from its center due to two modes of accretion disk oscillations. Numerical investigations suggest that post-shock matter, before they settle down in a subsonic branch, execute oscillations in the neighborhood region of 'shock transition'. This shock may excite QPO mechanism. The radial and vertical epicyclic modes of oscillating matter exactly match with these twin-peak QPOs. In fully general relativistic transonic flows, we investigate that shocks may form very close to the horizon around highly spinning Kerr black holes and appear as extremum in the inviscid flows. The extreme shock location provides upper limit of QPOs and hence fixes 'lower cutoff' of the spin. We conclude that the 2:3 ratio exactly occurs for spin parameters a >= 0.87 and almost exactly, for wide range of spin parameter, for example, XTE 1550-564, and GRO 1655-40 a>0.87, GRS 1915+105 a>0.83, XTE J1650-500 a>0.78, and H 1743-322 a>0.68. We also make an effort to measure unknown mass for XTE J1650-500(9.1 approx 14.1 M{sub sun}) and H 1743-322(6.6 approx 11.3 M{sub sun}).

  9. A search for new galactic microquasars

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    Tsarevsky, G. S.; Pavlenko, E. P.; Stathakis, R. A.; Kardashev, N. S.; Slee, O. B.

    2002-01-01

    The population of microquasars in our Galaxy} Accretion onto a supermassive black hole with a strong surrounding magnetic field can supply the necessary energy for AGNs (Kardashev 1995). Inside our own galaxy, accretion from a stellar component onto a black hole (or neutron star) in a close binary system can produce a similar kind of phenomenon. X-ray observations made by UHURU in 1978 attracted attention to the peculiar object SS 433 located in the very centre of the supernova remnant W50. When the orbital period was first determined, Shklovski (1978) suggested that SS 433 is a binary system associated with the ejection of relativistic particles, which are responsible for the strong, periodic radio emission. Many observations of SS 433 led to the conclusion that the system is a close binary consisting of a massive OB star and a neutron star or a black hole surrounded by a bright accretion disk opaque to X-rays. SS 433 and similar objects have been assigned to a special class called "microquasars" (see comprehensive review by Mirabel & Rodriguez, 1999). Only about 30 of ~280 known X-ray binaries (XRBs) have been detected in radio (Fender et al. 1997), and only a few of them have characteristic radio emission and morphology associated with the microquasars' family. Radio images of such objects bear a striking similarity to the structures of AGN: they have a compact core and two-sided jets of relativistic particles. Flux variability and superluminal motions are also quite common for the microquasars. GRO J1655--40 is a representative object of this class (Tingay at al. 1995). First discovered in X-rays, it produces relativistic radio jets with β = 0.92, and has an angular extent of 1arcsec. It is the intention of the project described here to search for similar features with the aim of increasing the number of known microquasars.

  10. γ-Ray Generation in Microquasars: the link with AGN

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    Latham, I. J.; Aye, K.-M.; Brown, A. M.; Chadwick, P. M.; Hadjichristidis, C. N.; Le Gallou, R.; McComb, T. J. L.; Nolan, S. J.; Orford, K. J.; Osborne, J. L.; Noutsos, A.; Rayner, S. M.

    2005-02-01

    The link between the physical processes responsible for high energy emission from relativistic jets in AGN and microquasars is investigated. A Fortran code based on an existing inhomogeneous, synchrotron self-Compton (SSC) model, for AGN is presented. The code is then applied to the AGN 3C 279 and the microquasar LS5039. Spectral energy distributions (SED's) are presented.

  11. Delta XTE Launch Activities (Scrub #2)

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    1995-01-01

    This NASA Kennedy Space Center video presents Delta XTE (X-Ray Timing Explorer) launch activities on 12/11/95. The launch was rescheduled for next weekend due to out of limit upper level wind conditions.

  12. GLAST Status and Application to Microquasars

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    Dubois, Richard; /SLAC

    2006-11-15

    The Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) is a next generation high energy gamma-ray observatory due for launch in Fall 2007. The primary instrument is the Large Area Telescope (LAT), which will measure gamma-ray flux and spectra from 20 MeV to > 300 GeV and is a successor to the highly successful EGRET experiment on CGRO. The LAT will have better angular resolution, greater effective area, wider field of view and broader energy coverage than any previous experiment in this energy range. An overview of the LAT instrument design and construction is presented which includes performance estimates with particular emphasis on how these apply to studies of microquasars. The nature and quality of the data that will be provided by the LAT is described with results from recent detailed simulations that illustrate the potential of the LAT to observe gamma ray variability and spectra.

  13. XTE J1908+094

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    Woods, P. M.; Kouveliotou, C.; Finger, M. H.; Gogus, E.; Swank, J.; Markwardt, C.; Strohmayer, T.; Six, N. Frank (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Goddard Space Flight Center reports the serendipitous discovery of a new x-ray transient, XTE J1908+094, in RXTE (Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer) PCA (Proportional Counter Array) observations of the soft-gamma-ray repeater SGR 1900+14, triggered following the burst activity on Feb. 17-18 (GCN 1253). These observations failed to detect the 5.2-s SGR pulsations, pointing towards a possible new source as the origin of the high x-ray flux. An RXTE PCA scan of the region around SGR 1900+14 on Feb. 21 was consistent with emission only from known sources (and no new sources). However, the scans required SGR 1900+14 to be 20 times brighter than its quiescent flux level (GCN 1256). A Director's Discretionary Time Chandra observation on Mar. 11 showed that the SGR was quiescent and did not reveal any new source within the Chandra ACIS (Advanced CCD (charge coupled device) Imaging Spectrometer) field-of-view. A subsequent RXTE PCA scan on Mar. 17, taken in combination with the first scan, required that a new source be included in the fit. The best-fit position is R.A. 19h 08m 50s, Decl. = +9 22 deg .5 (equinox J2000.0; estimated 2 deg systematic error radius), or approximately 24 deg away from the SGR source. The source spectrum (2-30 kev) can be best fit with a power-law function including photoelectric absorption (column density N_h = 2.3 x 10(exp 22), photon index = 1.55). Iron line emission is present, but may be due to the Galactic ridge. Between Feb. 19 and Mar. 17, the source flux (2-10 keV) has risen from 26 to 64 mCrab. The power spectrum is flat between 1 mHz and 0.1 Hz, falling approximately as 1/f**0.5 up to 1 Hz. At 1 Hz is seen a broad quasiperiodic oscillation peak and a break to a 1/f**2 power law, which continues to 4 Hz. The fractional rms (root mean square) amplitude from 1 mHz to 4 Hz is 43 percent. No coherent pulsations are seen between 0.001 and 1024 Hz. The authors conclude that XTE J1908+094 is a new blackhole candidate.

  14. Chaotic and stochastic processes in the accretion flows of the black hole X-ray binaries revealed by recurrence analysis

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    Suková, Petra; Grzedzielski, Mikolaj; Janiuk, Agnieszka

    2016-02-01

    variability in the microquasars GRS 1915+105 and IGR J17091-3624. Furthermore, we also find significant traces of nonlinear dynamics in three other sources: GX 339-4, XTE J1550-564 and GRO J1655-40, particularly in the disk-dominated soft state, as well as in the intermediate states at the rising and declining phase of the outburst. Only for the source XTE J1650-500 no observation with such variability pattern was found. This is possibly due to the global accretion rate in this source being too small for the limit-cycle instability to develop.

  15. On the modulation of low-frequency quasi-periodic oscillations in black hole transients

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    Pawar, Devraj D.; Motta, Sara; Shanthi, K.; Bhattacharya, Dipankar; Belloni, Tomaso

    2015-04-01

    We studied the properties of the low-frequency quasi-periodic oscillations detected in a sample of six black hole candidates (XTE J1550-564, H 1743-322, XTE J1859+226, 4U 1630-47, GX 339-4, XTE J1650-500) observed by the Rossi XTE satellite. We analysed the relation between the full width at half-maximum and the frequency of all the narrow peaks detected in power density spectra where a type-C QPO is observed. Our goal was to understand the nature of the modulation of the signal by comparing the properties of different harmonic peaks in the power density spectrum. We find that for the sources in our sample the width of the fundamental and of the first harmonic are compatible with a frequency modulation, while that of the sub-harmonic is independent of frequency, possibly indicating the presence of an additional modulation in amplitude. We compare our results with those obtained earlier from GRS 1915+105 and XTE J1550-564.

  16. GLAST: Launched And Being Commissioned - Status And Prospects for Microquasars

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    Dubois, Richard; /SLAC

    2011-12-01

    GLAST: Launched And Being Commissioned - Status And Prospects for Microquasars The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope (Fermi) is a next generation high energy gamma-ray observatory launched in June 2008. The primary instrument is the Large Area Telescope (LAT), which will measure gamma-ray flux and spectra from 20 MeV to > 300 GeV and is a successor to the highly successful EGRET experiment on CGRO. The LAT has better angular resolution, greater effective area, wider field of view and broader energy coverage than any previous experiment in this energy range. An overview of the LAT instrument design and construction is presented which includes performance estimates with particular emphasis on how these apply to studies of microquasars. Early results on LS I +61 303 detection are presented.

  17. Extreme particle acceleration in the microquasar Cygnus X-3.

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    Tavani, M; Bulgarelli, A; Piano, G; Sabatini, S; Striani, E; Evangelista, Y; Trois, A; Pooley, G; Trushkin, S; Nizhelskij, N A; McCollough, M; Koljonen, K I I; Pucella, G; Giuliani, A; Chen, A W; Costa, E; Vittorini, V; Trifoglio, M; Gianotti, F; Argan, A; Barbiellini, G; Caraveo, P; Cattaneo, P W; Cocco, V; Contessi, T; D'Ammando, F; Del Monte, E; De Paris, G; Di Cocco, G; Di Persio, G; Donnarumma, I; Feroci, M; Ferrari, A; Fuschino, F; Galli, M; Labanti, C; Lapshov, I; Lazzarotto, F; Lipari, P; Longo, F; Mattaini, E; Marisaldi, M; Mastropietro, M; Mauri, A; Mereghetti, S; Morelli, E; Morselli, A; Pacciani, L; Pellizzoni, A; Perotti, F; Picozza, P; Pilia, M; Prest, M; Rapisarda, M; Rappoldi, A; Rossi, E; Rubini, A; Scalise, E; Soffitta, P; Vallazza, E; Vercellone, S; Zambra, A; Zanello, D; Pittori, C; Verrecchia, F; Giommi, P; Colafrancesco, S; Santolamazza, P; Antonelli, A; Salotti, L

    2009-12-01

    Super-massive black holes in active galaxies can accelerate particles to relativistic energies, producing jets with associated gamma-ray emission. Galactic 'microquasars', which are binary systems consisting of a neutron star or stellar-mass black hole accreting gas from a companion star, also produce relativistic jets, generally together with radio flares. Apart from an isolated event detected in Cygnus X-1, there has hitherto been no systematic evidence for the acceleration of particles to gigaelectronvolt or higher energies in a microquasar, with the consequence that we are as yet unsure about the mechanism of jet energization. Here we report four gamma-ray flares with energies above 100 MeV from the microquasar Cygnus X-3 (an exceptional X-ray binary that sporadically produces radio jets). There is a clear pattern of temporal correlations between the gamma-ray flares and transitional spectral states of the radio-frequency and X-ray emission. Particle acceleration occurred a few days before radio-jet ejections for two of the four flares, meaning that the process of jet formation implies the production of very energetic particles. In Cygnus X-3, particle energies during the flares can be thousands of times higher than during quiescent states. PMID:19935645

  18. Prospects for High Energy Detection of Microquasars with the AGILE and GLAST Gamma-Ray Telescopes

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    Santolamazza, Patrizia; Pittori, Carlotta; Verrecchia, Francesco

    2007-08-21

    We estimate the sensitivities of the AGILE and GLAST {gamma}-ray experiments taking into account two cases for the galactic {gamma}-ray diffuse background (at high galactic latitude and toward the galactic center). Then we use sensitivities to estimate microquasar observability with the two experiments, assuming the {gamma}-ray emission above 100 MeV of a recent microquasar model.

  19. Search for neutrino emission from microquasars with the ANTARES telescope

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    Galatà, S.

    2012-12-01

    Neutrino telescopes are nowadays exploring a new window of observation on the high energy universe and may shed light on the longstanding problem regarding the origin of cosmic rays. The ANTARES neutrino telescope is located underwater 40 km offshore from the Southern coast of France, on a plateau at 2475 m depth. Since 2007 it observes the high energy (>100 GeV) neutrino sky looking for cosmic neutrino sources. Among the candidate neutrino emitters are microquasars, i.e. galactic X-ray binaries exhibiting relativistic jets, which may accelerate hadrons thus producing neutrinos, under certain conditions. These sources are also variable in time and undergo X-ray or gamma ray outburst that can be related to the acceleration of relativistic particles witnessed by their radio emission. These events can provide a trigger to the neutrino search, with the advantage of drastically reducing the atmospheric neutrino background. A search for neutrino emission from microquasar during outbursts is presented based on the data collected by ANTARES between 2007 and 2010. Upper limits are shown and compared with the predictions.

  20. Veritas observations of the microquasar Cygnus X-3

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    Archambault, S.; Beilicke, M.; Buckley, J. H.; Bugaev, V.; Benbow, W.; Cerruti, M.; Berger, K.; Bird, R.; Bouvier, A.; Byrum, K.; Chen, X.; Federici, S.; Ciupik, L.; Connolly, M. P.; Cui, W.; Feng, Q.; Duke, C.; Dumm, J.; Errando, M.; Falcone, A. E-mail: cui@purdue.edu; Collaboration: VERITAS Collaboration) and; Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory; and others

    2013-12-20

    We report results from TeV gamma-ray observations of the microquasar Cygnus X-3. The observations were made with the Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System (VERITAS) over a time period from 2007 June 11 to 2011 November 28. VERITAS is most sensitive to gamma rays at energies between 85 GeV and 30 TeV. The effective exposure time amounts to a total of about 44 hr, with the observations covering six distinct radio/X-ray states of the object. No significant TeV gamma-ray emission was detected in any of the states, nor with all observations combined. The lack of a positive signal, especially in the states where GeV gamma rays were detected, places constraints on TeV gamma-ray production in Cygnus X-3. We discuss the implications of the results.

  1. Positron annihilation signatures associated with the outburst of the microquasar V404 Cygni

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    Siegert, Thomas; Diehl, Roland; Greiner, Jochen; Krause, Martin G. H.; Beloborodov, Andrei M.; Bel, Marion Cadolle; Guglielmetti, Fabrizia; Rodriguez, Jerome; Strong, Andrew W.; Zhang, Xiaoling

    2016-03-01

    Microquasars are stellar-mass black holes accreting matter from a companion star and ejecting plasma jets at almost the speed of light. They are analogues of quasars that contain supermassive black holes of 106 to 1010 solar masses. Accretion in microquasars varies on much shorter timescales than in quasars and occasionally produces exceptionally bright X-ray flares. How the flares are produced is unclear, as is the mechanism for launching the relativistic jets and their composition. An emission line near 511 kiloelectronvolts has long been sought in the emission spectrum of microquasars as evidence for the expected electron-positron plasma. Transient high-energy spectral features have been reported in two objects, but their positron interpretation remains contentious. Here we report observations of γ-ray emission from the microquasar V404 Cygni during a recent period of strong flaring activity. The emission spectrum around 511 kiloelectronvolts shows clear signatures of variable positron annihilation, which implies a high rate of positron production. This supports the earlier conjecture that microquasars may be the main sources of the electron-positron plasma responsible for the bright diffuse emission of annihilation γ-rays in the bulge region of our Galaxy. Additionally, microquasars could be the origin of the observed megaelectronvolt continuum excess in the inner Galaxy.

  2. Positron annihilation signatures associated with the outburst of the microquasar V404 Cygni.

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    Siegert, Thomas; Diehl, Roland; Greiner, Jochen; Krause, Martin G H; Beloborodov, Andrei M; Bel, Marion Cadolle; Guglielmetti, Fabrizia; Rodriguez, Jerome; Strong, Andrew W; Zhang, Xiaoling

    2016-03-17

    Microquasars are stellar-mass black holes accreting matter from a companion star and ejecting plasma jets at almost the speed of light. They are analogues of quasars that contain supermassive black holes of 10(6) to 10(10) solar masses. Accretion in microquasars varies on much shorter timescales than in quasars and occasionally produces exceptionally bright X-ray flares. How the flares are produced is unclear, as is the mechanism for launching the relativistic jets and their composition. An emission line near 511 kiloelectronvolts has long been sought in the emission spectrum of microquasars as evidence for the expected electron-positron plasma. Transient high-energy spectral features have been reported in two objects, but their positron interpretation remains contentious. Here we report observations of γ-ray emission from the microquasar V404 Cygni during a recent period of strong flaring activity. The emission spectrum around 511 kiloelectronvolts shows clear signatures of variable positron annihilation, which implies a high rate of positron production. This supports the earlier conjecture that microquasars may be the main sources of the electron-positron plasma responsible for the bright diffuse emission of annihilation γ-rays in the bulge region of our Galaxy. Additionally, microquasars could be the origin of the observed megaelectronvolt continuum excess in the inner Galaxy. PMID:26934231

  3. Gigantic Cosmic Corkscrew Reveals New Details About Mysterious Microquasar

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    2004-10-01

    Making an extra effort to image a faint, gigantic corkscrew traced by fast protons and electrons shot out from a mysterious microquasar paid off for a pair of astrophysicists who gained new insights into the beast's inner workings and also resolved a longstanding dispute over the object's distance. Microquasar SS 433 VLA Image of Microquasar SS 433 CREDIT: Blundell & Bowler, NRAO/AUI/NSF (Click on Image for Larger Version) The astrophysicists used the National Science Foundation's Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope to capture the faintest details yet seen in the plasma jets emerging from the microquasar SS 433, an object once dubbed the "enigma of the century." As a result, they have changed scientists' understanding of the jets and settled the controversy over its distance "beyond all reasonable doubt," they said. SS 433 is a neutron star or black hole orbited by a "normal" companion star. The powerful gravity of the neutron star or black hole draws material from the stellar wind of its companion into an accretion disk of material tightly circling the dense central object prior to being pulled onto it. This disk propels jets of fast protons and electrons outward from its poles at about a quarter of the speed of light. The disk in SS 433 wobbles like a child's top, causing its jets to trace a corkscrew in the sky every 162 days. The new VLA study indicates that the speed of the ejected particles varies over time, contrary to the traditional model for SS 433. "We found that the actual speed varies between 24 percent to 28 percent of light speed, as opposed to staying constant," said Katherine Blundell, of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. "Amazingly, the jets going in both directions change their speeds simultaneously, producing identical speeds in both directions at any given time," Blundell added. Blundell worked with Michael Bowler, also of Oxford. The scientists' findings have been accepted by the Astrophysical Journal Letters. SS 433 New VLA

  4. Nine Years of Observations of Hard X-Rays from Relativistic Jet Objects with BATSE

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    Fishman, G. J.; Harmon, B. A.; Fishman, G. J.; Six, N. Frank (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    The observed hard X-ray temporal and spectral characteristics will be displayed for over nine years of BATSE (Burst and Transient Source Experiment) data from the Compton Observatory. These observations were obtained using the Earth occultation technique, a technique that has become increasingly more sensitive and accurate as systematic effects are understood and corrected. The principal objects that are being presented in this study include: GRO J1655-40, GRS 1915+105, Cyg X-3, Cyg X-1, XTE J1550-564, XTE J1859+226, XTE J1748-288, and V4641 Sgr. Light curves and spectral will be presented and discussed in terms of relativistic jet production in these systems.

  5. Delta XTE Spacecraft Arrives at CCAS Skid Strip

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    1995-01-01

    Footage shows the U.S Air Force Aircraft "Air Mobility Command" approaching, and landing at the Cape Canaveral Air Station Skid Strip (CCAS). The truck carrying the Delta XTE Spacecraft is also shown as it leaves the Air Mobility Command.

  6. The Lukewarm Absorber in the Microquasar Cir X-1

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    Schulz, Norbert S.; Galloway, D. K.; Brandt, W. N.

    2006-09-01

    Through many observations in the last decades the extreme and violent X-ray binary Cir X-1 has been classified as a microquasar, Z-source, X-ray burster, and accreting neutron star exhibiting ultrarelativistic jets. Since the launch of Chandra the source underwent a dramatic change from a high flux (1.5 Crab) source to a rather low persistent flux ( 30 mCrab) in the last year. Spectra from Chandra High Energy Transmission Grating Spectrometer (HETGS) taken during this transformation have revealed many details besides the large overall flux change ranging from blue-shifted absorption lines indicating high-velocity (< 2000 km/s) outflows during high flux, persistently bright lines emission throughout all phases to some form of warm absorption in the low flux phase. Newly released atomic data allows us to analyse specifically the Fe K line region with unprecedented detail for all flux phases observed so far. We also compare these new results with recently released findings of warm absorbers and outflow signatures observed in other microqasars such as GX 339+4, GRS J1655-40, and GRS1915+115.

  7. Variable very-high-energy gamma-ray emission from the microquasar LS I +61 303.

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    Albert, J; Aliu, E; Anderhub, H; Antoranz, P; Armada, A; Asensio, M; Baixeras, C; Barrio, J A; Bartelt, M; Bartko, H; Bastieri, D; Bavikadi, S R; Bednarek, W; Berger, K; Bigongiari, C; Biland, A; Bisesi, E; Bock, R K; Bordas, P; Bosch-Ramon, V; Bretz, T; Britvitch, I; Camara, M; Carmona, E; Chilingarian, A; Ciprini, S; Coarasa, J A; Commichau, S; Contreras, J L; Cortina, J; Curtef, V; Danielyan, V; Dazzi, F; De Angelis, A; de Los Reyes, R; De Lotto, B; Domingo-Santamaría, E; Dorner, D; Doro, M; Errando, M; Fagiolini, M; Ferenc, D; Fernández, E; Firpo, R; Flix, J; Fonseca, M V; Font, L; Fuchs, M; Galante, N; Garczarczyk, M; Gaug, M; Giller, M; Goebel, F; Hakobyan, D; Hayashida, M; Hengstebeck, T; Höhne, D; Hose, J; Hsu, C C; Isar, P G; Jacon, P; Kalekin, O; Kosyra, R; Kranich, D; Laatiaoui, M; Laille, A; Lenisa, T; Liebing, P; Lindfors, E; Lombardi, S; Longo, F; López, J; López, M; Lorenz, E; Lucarelli, F; Majumdar, P; Maneva, G; Mannheim, K; Mansutti, O; Mariotti, M; Martínez, M; Mase, K; Mazin, D; Merck, C; Meucci, M; Meyer, M; Miranda, J M; Mirzoyan, R; Mizobuchi, S; Moralejo, A; Nilsson, K; Oña-Wilhelmi, E; Orduña, R; Otte, N; Oya, I; Paneque, D; Paoletti, R; Paredes, J M; Pasanen, M; Pascoli, D; Pauss, F; Pavel, N; Pegna, R; Persic, M; Peruzzo, L; Piccioli, A; Poller, M; Pooley, G; Prandini, E; Raymers, A; Rhode, W; Ribó, M; Rico, J; Riegel, B; Rissi, M; Robert, A; Romero, G E; Rügamer, S; Saggion, A; Sánchez, A; Sartori, P; Scalzotto, V; Scapin, V; Schmitt, R; Schweizer, T; Shayduk, M; Shinozaki, K; Shore, S N; Sidro, N; Sillanpää, A; Sobczynska, D; Stamerra, A; Stark, L S; Takalo, L; Temnikov, P; Tescaro, D; Teshima, M; Tonello, N; Torres, A; Torres, D F; Turini, N; Vankov, H; Vitale, V; Wagner, R M; Wibig, T; Wittek, W; Zanin, R; Zapatero, J

    2006-06-23

    Microquasars are binary star systems with relativistic radio-emitting jets. They are potential sources of cosmic rays and can be used to elucidate the physics of relativistic jets. We report the detection of variable gamma-ray emission above 100 gigaelectron volts from the microquasar LS I 61 + 303. Six orbital cycles were recorded. Several detections occur at a similar orbital phase, which suggests that the emission is periodic. The strongest gamma-ray emission is not observed when the two stars are closest to one another, implying a strong orbital modulation of the emission or absorption processes. PMID:16709745

  8. Optical observations of XTE J1709-267

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    Wiersema, K.; Higgins, A. B.

    2016-06-01

    The X-ray binary XTE J1709-267 was recently found to be in outburst again by MAXI (Atel #9108). We observed this source using EFOSC2 on the ESO NTT. At 02:33 UT on 23 June 2016, the source was detected at V=17.9 mag. This is several magnitudes brighter than the brightness in quiescence (Jonker et al. 2004, MNRAS 354, 666).

  9. A Pointed RXTE Observation of XTE J1817-330

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    Miller, J. M.; Homan, J.; Steeghs, D.; Torres, M. A. P.; Wijnands, R.

    2006-02-01

    We report on a pointed RXTE observation of XTE J1817-330, obtained on 2006-02-13 at 08:10:40 UT. After standard screening, the net good time for the PCA was 9.6 ksec, and the net good time for the HEXTE (cluster A) was 3.0 ksec. Joint fits were made to the PCU-2 and HEXTE-A spectra on the 2.8-25.0 keV and 20.0-200.0 keV range, respectively, with XSPEC. For a variety of continuum spectral models, a low column density is implied.

  10. A new outburst of XTE J1739-285

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    Maccarone, Thomas J.; Bandyopadhyay, Reba; Kennea, Jamie

    2012-09-01

    With our program of Swift monitoring of the Galactic Bulge region (Atel #4109), we detect renewed activity of the X-ray binary XTE J1739-285. Using the pipeline of Phil Evans (Evans et al. 2007, A&A, 469, 379), we find that the source count rate is about 34 counts/sec in data taken on 4 September from 5:33 to 12:02 UT, with 372 seconds of exposure time on source. We note that the source is heavily piled up, since the data were taken in photon counting mode as part of an imaging survey and hence the count rate should be taken with caution.

  11. Are 3C 120 and Other Active Galactic Nuclei Overweight Microquasars?

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    Marscher, Alan P.

    2005-11-01

    The appearance of superluminal radio knots follows drops in the X-ray flux in the FR1 radio galaxy 3C 120 and possibly the FR2 source 3C 111. This corresponds in a very general way to the behavior of the X-ray binary GRS 1915 + 105, but the light curves of the microquasar are much richer in detail. Starting in 2003.7, the character of the radio and X-ray light curves of 3C 120 changed, perhaps signaling a new stage of activity. I discuss here what one might expect when a microquasar is scaled up to AGN dimensions, and compare this with what we see in 3C 120. There is a mismatch between expectations and observations.

  12. A search for time dependent neutrino emission from microquasars with the ANTARES telescope

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    Adrián-Martínez, S.; Albert, A.; André, M.; Anghinolfi, M.; Anton, G.; Ardid, M.; Astraatmadja, T.; Aubert, J.-J.; Baret, B.; Barrios, J.; Basa, S.; Bertin, V.; Biagi, S.; Bigongiari, C.; Bogazzi, C.; Bouhou, B.; Bouwhuis, M. C.; Brunner, J.; Busto, J.; Capone, A.; Caramete, L.; Cârloganu, C.; Carr, J.; Cecchini, S.; Charif, Z.; Charvis, P.; Chiarusi, T.; Circella, M.; Coniglione, R.; Core, L.; Costantini, H.; Coyle, P.; Creusot, A.; De Rosa, G.; Dekeyser, I.; Deschamps, A.; De Bonis, G.; Distefano, C.; Donzaud, C.; Dornic, D.; Dorosti, Q.; Drouhin, D.; Dumas, A.; Eberl, T.; Elsässer, D.; Emanuele, U.; Enzenhöfer, A.; Ernenwein, J.-P.; Escoffier, S.; Fehn, K.; Felis, I.; Fermani, P.; Folger, F.; Fusco, L. A.; Galatà, S.; Gay, P.; Geißelsöder, S.; Geyer, K.; Giordano, V.; Gleixner, A.; Gómez-González, J. P.; Graf, K.; Guillard, G.; van Haren, H.; Heijboer, A. J.; Hello, Y.; Hernández-Rey, J. J.; Herold, B.; Hößl, J.; Hofestädt, J.; James, C. W.; de Jong, M.; Kadler, M.; Kalekin, O.; Kappes, A.; Katz, U.; Kooijman, P.; Kouchner, A.; Kreykenbohm, I.; Kulikovskiy, V.; Lahmann, R.; Lambard, E.; Lambard, G.; Larosa, G.; Lattuada, D.; Lefèvre, D.; Leonora, E.; Loehner, H.; Loucatos, S.; Mangano, S.; Marcelin, M.; Margiotta, A.; Martínez-Mora, J. A.; Martini, S.; Mathieu, A.; Michael, T.; Migliozzi, P.; Montaruli, T.; Müller, C.; Neff, M.; Nezri, E.; Palioselitis, D.; Păvălaş, G. E.; Perrina, C.; Piattelli, P.; Popa, V.; Pradier, T.; Racca, C.; Riccobene, G.; Richter, R.; Rivière, C.; Robert, A.; Roensch, K.; Rostovtsev, A.; Saldaña, M.; Samtleben, D. F. E.; Sánchez-Losa, A.; Sanguineti, M.; Sapienza, P.; Schmid, J.; Schnabel, J.; Schulte, S.; Schüssler, F.; Seitz, T.; Sieger, C.; Spies, A.; Spurio, M.; Steijger, J. J. M.; Stolarczyk, T.; Taiuti, M.; Tamburini, C.; Tayalati, Y.; Trovato, A.; Vallage, B.; Vallée, C.; Van Elewyck, V.; Vernin, P.; Visser, E.; Vivolo, D.; Wagner, S.; Wilms, J.; de Wolf, E.; Yatkin, K.; Yepes, H.; Zornoza, J. D.; Zúñiga, J.

    2014-09-01

    Results are presented on a search for neutrino emission from a sample of six microquasars, based on the data collected by the ANTARES neutrino telescope between 2007 and 2010. By means of appropriate time cuts, the neutrino search has been restricted to the periods when the acceleration of relativistic jets was taking place at the microquasars under study. The time cuts have been chosen using the information from the X-ray telescopes RXTE/ASM and Swift/BAT, and, in one case, the gamma-ray telescope Fermi/LAT. No statistically significant excess has been observed, thus upper limits on the neutrino fluences have been derived and compared to the predictions by models. Constraints have been put on the ratio of proton to electron luminosity in the jets.

  13. Modulated high-energy gamma-ray emission from the microquasar Cygnus X-3.

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    Abdo, A A; Ackermann, M; Ajello, M; Axelsson, M; Baldini, L; Ballet, J; Barbiellini, G; Bastieri, D; Baughman, B M; Bechtol, K; Bellazzini, R; Berenji, B; Blandford, R D; Bloom, E D; Bonamente, E; Borgland, A W; Brez, A; Brigida, M; Bruel, P; Burnett, T H; Buson, S; Caliandro, G A; Cameron, R A; Caraveo, P A; Casandjian, J M; Cecchi, C; Celik, O; Chaty, S; Cheung, C C; Chiang, J; Ciprini, S; Claus, R; Cohen-Tanugi, J; Cominsky, L R; Conrad, J; Corbel, S; Corbet, R; Dermer, C D; de Palma, F; Digel, S W; do Couto e Silva, E; Drell, P S; Dubois, R; Dubus, G; Dumora, D; Farnier, C; Favuzzi, C; Fegan, S J; Focke, W B; Fortin, P; Frailis, M; Fusco, P; Gargano, F; Gehrels, N; Germani, S; Giavitto, G; Giebels, B; Giglietto, N; Giordano, F; Glanzman, T; Godfrey, G; Grenier, I A; Grondin, M-H; Grove, J E; Guillemot, L; Guiriec, S; Hanabata, Y; Harding, A K; Hayashida, M; Hays, E; Hill, A B; Hjalmarsdotter, L; Horan, D; Hughes, R E; Jackson, M S; Jóhannesson, G; Johnson, A S; Johnson, T J; Johnson, W N; Kamae, T; Katagiri, H; Kawai, N; Kerr, M; Knödlseder, J; Kocian, M L; Koerding, E; Kuss, M; Lande, J; Latronico, L; Lemoine-Goumard, M; Longo, F; Loparco, F; Lott, B; Lovellette, M N; Lubrano, P; Madejski, G M; Makeev, A; Marchand, L; Marelli, M; Max-Moerbeck, W; Mazziotta, M N; McColl, N; McEnery, J E; Meurer, C; Michelson, P F; Migliari, S; Mitthumsiri, W; Mizuno, T; Monte, C; Monzani, M E; Morselli, A; Moskalenko, I V; Murgia, S; Nolan, P L; Norris, J P; Nuss, E; Ohsugi, T; Omodei, N; Ong, R A; Ormes, J F; Paneque, D; Parent, D; Pelassa, V; Pepe, M; Pesce-Rollins, M; Piron, F; Pooley, G; Porter, T A; Pottschmidt, K; Rainò, S; Rando, R; Ray, P S; Razzano, M; Rea, N; Readhead, A; Reimer, A; Reimer, O; Richards, J L; Rochester, L S; Rodriguez, J; Rodriguez, A Y; Romani, R W; Ryde, F; Sadrozinski, H F-W; Sander, A; Saz Parkinson, P M; Sgrò, C; Siskind, E J; Smith, D A; Smith, P D; Spinelli, P; Starck, J-L; Stevenson, M; Strickman, M S; Suson, D J; Takahashi, H; Tanaka, T; Thayer, J B; Thompson, D J; Tibaldo, L; Tomsick, J A; Torres, D F; Tosti, G; Tramacere, A; Uchiyama, Y; Usher, T L; Vasileiou, V; Vilchez, N; Vitale, V; Waite, A P; Wang, P; Wilms, J; Winer, B L; Wood, K S; Ylinen, T; Ziegler, M

    2009-12-11

    Microquasars are accreting black holes or neutron stars in binary systems with associated relativistic jets. Despite their frequent outburst activity, they have never been unambiguously detected emitting high-energy gamma rays. The Fermi Large Area Telescope (LAT) has detected a variable high-energy source coinciding with the position of the x-ray binary and microquasar Cygnus X-3. Its identification with Cygnus X-3 is secured by the detection of its orbital period in gamma rays, as well as the correlation of the LAT flux with radio emission from the relativistic jets of Cygnus X-3. The gamma-ray emission probably originates from within the binary system, opening new areas in which to study the formation of relativistic jets. PMID:19965378

  14. Modulated High-Energy Gamma-Ray Emission from the Microquasar Cygnus X-3

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    Fermi LAT Collaboration; Abdo, A. A.; Ackermann, M.; Ajello, M.; Axelsson, M.; Baldini, L.; Ballet, J.; Barbiellini, G.; Bastieri, D.; Baughman, B. M.; Bechtol, K.; Bellazzini, R.; Berenji, B.; Blandford, R. D.; Bloom, E. D.; Bonamente, E.; Borgland, A. W.; Brez, A.; Brigida, M.; Bruel, P.; Burnett, T. H.; Buson, S.; Caliandro, G. A.; Cameron, R. A.; Caraveo, P. A.; Casandjian, J. M.; Cecchi, C.; Çelik, Ö.; Chaty, S.; Cheung, C. C.; Chiang, J.; Ciprini, S.; Claus, R.; Cohen-Tanugi, J.; Cominsky, L. R.; Conrad, J.; Corbel, S.; Corbet, R.; Dermer, C. D.; de Palma, F.; Digel, S. W.; do Couto e Silva, E.; Drell, P. S.; Dubois, R.; Dubus, G.; Dumora, D.; Farnier, C.; Favuzzi, C.; Fegan, S. J.; Focke, W. B.; Fortin, P.; Frailis, M.; Fusco, P.; Gargano, F.; Gehrels, N.; Germani, S.; Giavitto, G.; Giebels, B.; Giglietto, N.; Giordano, F.; Glanzman, T.; Godfrey, G.; Grenier, I. A.; Grondin, M.-H.; Grove, J. E.; Guillemot, L.; Guiriec, S.; Hanabata, Y.; Harding, A. K.; Hayashida, M.; Hays, E.; Hill, A. B.; Hjalmarsdotter, L.; Horan, D.; Hughes, R. E.; Jackson, M. S.; Jóhannesson, G.; Johnson, A. S.; Johnson, T. J.; Johnson, W. N.; Kamae, T.; Katagiri, H.; Kawai, N.; Kerr, M.; Knödlseder, J.; Kocian, M. L.; Koerding, E.; Kuss, M.; Lande, J.; Latronico, J.; Lemoine-Goumard, M.; Longo, F.; Loparco, F.; Lott, B.; Lovellette, M. N.; Lubrano, P.; Madejski, G. M.; Makeev, A.; Marchand, L.; Marelli, M.; Max-Moerbeck, W.; Mazziotta, M. N.; McColl, N.; McEnery, J. E.; Meurer, C.; Michelson, P. F.; Migliari, S.; Mitthumsiri, W.; Mizuno, T.; Monte, C.; Monzani, M. E.; Morselli, A.; Moskalenko, I. V.; Murgia, S.; Nolan, P. L.; Norris, J. P.; Nuss, E.; Ohsugi, T.; Omodei, N.; Ong, R. A.; Ormes, J. F.; Paneque, D.; Parent, D.; Pelassa, V.; Pepe, M.; Pesce-Rollins, M.; Piron, F.; Pooley, G.; Porter, T. A.; Pottschmidt, K.; Rainò, S.; Rando, R.; Ray, P. S.; Razzano, M.; Rea, N.; Readhead, A.; Reimer, A.; Reimer, O.; Richards, J. L.; Rochester, L. S.; Rodriguez, J.; Rodriguez, A. Y.; Romani, R. W.; Ryde, F.; Sadrozinski, H. F.-W.; Sander, A.; Saz Parkinson, P. M.; Sgrò, C.; Siskind, E. J.; Smith, D. A.; Smith, P. D.; Spinelli, P.; Starck, J.-L.; Stevenson, M.; Strickman, M. S.; Suson, D. J.; Takahashi, H.; Tanaka, T.; Thayer, J. B.; Thompson, D. J.; Tibaldo, L.; Tomsick, J. A.; Torres, D. F.; Tosti, G.; Tramacere, A.; Uchiyama, Y.; Usher, T. L.; Vasileiou, V.; Vilchez, N.; Vitale, V.; Waite, A. P.; Wang, P.; Wilms, J.; Winer, B. L.; Wood, K. W.; Ylinen, T.; Ziegler, M.

    2009-12-01

    Microquasars are accreting black holes or neutron stars in binary systems with associated relativistic jets. Despite their frequent outburst activity, they have never been unambiguously detected emitting high-energy gamma rays. The Fermi Large Area Telescope (LAT) has detected a variable high-energy source coinciding with the position of the x-ray binary and microquasar Cygnus X-3. Its identification with Cygnus X-3 is secured by the detection of its orbital period in gamma rays, as well as the correlation of the LAT flux with radio emission from the relativistic jets of Cygnus X-3. The gamma-ray emission probably originates from within the binary system, opening new areas in which to study the formation of relativistic jets.

  15. JET TRAILS AND MACH CONES: THE INTERACTION OF MICROQUASARS WITH THE INTERSTELLAR MEDIUM

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    Yoon, D.; Morsony, B.; Heinz, S.; Wiersema, K.; Fender, R. P.; Russell, D. M.; Sunyaev, R.

    2011-11-20

    A subset of microquasars exhibits high peculiar velocity with respect to the local standard of rest due to the kicks they receive when being born in supernovae. The interaction between the radio plasma released by microquasar jets from such high-velocity binaries with the interstellar medium must lead to the production of trails and bow shocks similar to what is observed in narrow-angle tailed radio galaxies and pulsar wind nebulae. We present a set of numerical simulations of this interaction that illuminate the long-term dynamical evolution and the observational properties of these microquasar bow-shock nebulae and trails. We find that this interaction always produces a structure that consists of a bow shock, a trailing neck, and an expanding bubble. Using our simulations to model emission, we predict that the shock surrounding the bubble and the neck should be visible in H{sub {alpha}} emission, the interior of the bubble should be visible in synchrotron radio emission, and only the bow shock is likely to be detectable in X-ray emission. We construct an analytic model for the evolution of the neck and bubble shape and compare this model with observations of the X-ray binary SAX J1712.6-3739.

  16. Accretion disk winds as the jet suppression mechanism in the microquasar GRS 1915+105.

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    Neilsen, Joseph; Lee, Julia C

    2009-03-26

    Stellar-mass black holes with relativistic jets, also known as microquasars, mimic the behaviour of quasars and active galactic nuclei. Because timescales around stellar-mass black holes are orders of magnitude smaller than those around more distant supermassive black holes, microquasars are ideal nearby 'laboratories' for studying the evolution of accretion disks and jet formation in black-hole systems. Whereas studies of black holes have revealed a complex array of accretion activity, the mechanisms that trigger and suppress jet formation remain a mystery. Here we report the presence of a broad emission line in the faint, hard states and narrow absorption lines in the bright, soft states of the microquasar GRS 1915+105. ('Hard' and 'soft' denote the character of the emitted X-rays.) Because the hard states exhibit prominent radio jets, we argue that the broad emission line arises when the jet illuminates the inner accretion disk. The jet is weak or absent during the soft states, and we show that the absorption lines originate when the powerful radiation field around the black hole drives a hot wind off the accretion disk. Our analysis shows that this wind carries enough mass away from the disk to halt the flow of matter into the radio jet. PMID:19325629

  17. Delta XTE Spacecraft Solar Panel Deployment, Hangar AO at Cape Canaveral Air Station

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    1995-01-01

    The footage shows technicians in the clean room checking and adjusting the deployment mechanism of the solar panel for XTE spacecraft. Other scenes show several technicians making adjustments to software for deployment of the solar panels.

  18. Swift Detects Likely X-ray Burst from XTE J1701-407

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    Markwardt, C. B.; Cummings, J.; Krimm, H.

    2008-07-01

    XTE J1701-407 was discovered in June 2008 by RXTE PCA scans (Markwardt et al., ATEL #1569) and Swift follow-up observations (Degenaar et al., ATEL #1572). Recently Swift BAT triggered on an X-ray flare from the same source (Barthelmy et al., GCN Circ. #7985). In this telegram we report on BAT results for the XTE J1701-407 flare, which we speculate is a thermonuclear X-ray burst from a neutron star.

  19. Corrected Coordinates for the Possible OC to XTE J1550-56

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    Orosz, Jerome; Bailyn, Charles; Jain, Raj

    1998-09-01

    There was a slight error in the coordinates of the possible optical counterpart to XTE J1550-56 we reported in our previous telegram. The correct J2000 coordinates are RA = 15:50:58.78, DEC = -56:28:35.0. The coordinates printed on the finding chart available at http://www.astro.psu.edu/users/orosz/xte.html has been corrected (the arrow points to the correct object in any case). We regret this error.

  20. Discovery of a Transient Magnetar: XTE J1810-197

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    Ibrahim, Alaa I.; Markwardt, Craig B.; Swank, Jean H.; Ransom, Scott; Roberts, Mallory; Kaspi, Victoria; Woods, Peter M.; Safi-Harb, Samar; Balman, Solen; Parke, William C.

    2004-01-01

    We report the discovery of a new X-ray pulsar, XTE J1810-197, that was serendipitously discovered on 2003 July 15 by the Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) while observing the soft gamma repeater SGR 1806-20. The pulsar has a 5.54 s spin period, a soft X-ray spectrum (with a photon index of approx. = 4). and is detectable in earlier RXTE observations back to 2003 January but not before. These show that a transient outburst began between 2002 November 17 and 2003 January 23 and that the source's persistent X-ray flux has been declining since then. The pulsar exhibits a high spin-down rate P approx.= l0(exp -11) s/s with no evidence of Doppler shifts due to a binary companion. The rapid spin-down rate and slow spin period imply a supercritical characteristic magnetic field B approx. = 3 x l0(exp 14) G and a young age tau less than or = 7600 yr. Follow-up Chandra observations provided an accurate position of the source. Within its error radius, the 1.5 m Russian-Turkish Optical Telescope found a limiting magnitude R(sub c) = 21.5. All such properties are strikingly similar to those of anomalous X-ray pulsars ad soft gamma repeaters, providing strong evidence that the source is a new magnetar. However, archival ASCA and ROSAT observations found the source nearly 2 orders of magnitude fainter. This transient behavior and the observed long-term flux variability of the source in absence of an observed SGR-like burst activity make it the first confirmed transient magnetar and suggest that other neutron stars that share the properties of XTE 51810- 197 during its inactive phase may be unidentified transient magnetars awaiting detection via a similar activity. This implies a larger population of magnetars than previously surmised and a possible evolutionary connection between magnetars and other neutron star families. Subject headings: pulsars: general -pulsars: individual (XTE 51810- 197) - stars: magnetic fields -

  1. Looking for black-holes in X-ray binaries with XMM-Newton: XTE J1817-330 and XTE J1856+053

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    Sala, Gloria; Greiner, Jochen; Primak, Natalia

    2008-10-08

    The X-ray binary XTE J1817-330 was discovered in outburst on 26 January 2006 with RXTE/ASM. One year later, another X-ray transient discovered in 1996, XTE J1856+053, was detected by RXTE during a new outburst on 28 February 2007. We triggered XMM-Newton target of opportunity observationson these two objects to constrain their parameters and search for a stellar black holes. We summarize the properties of these two X-ray transients and show that the soft X-ray spectra indicate indeed the presence of an accreting stellar black hole in each of the two systems.

  2. The 2:3:6 quasi-periodic oscillation structure in GRS 1915+105 and cubic subharmonics in the context of relativistic discoseismology

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    Ortega-Rodríguez, M.; Solís-Sánchez, H.; López-Barquero, V.; Matamoros-Alvarado, B.; Venegas-Li, A.

    2014-06-01

    We propose a simple toy model to explain the 2:3:6 quasi-periodic oscillation (QPO) structure in GRS 1915+105 and, more generally, the 2:3 QPO structure in XTE J1550-564, GRO J1655-40 and H1743-322. The model exploits the onset of subharmonics in the context of discoseismology. We suggest that the observed frequencies may be the consequence of a resonance between a fundamental g mode and an unobservable p wave. The results include the prediction that, as better data become available, a QPO with a frequency of twice the higher twin frequency and a large quality factor will be observed in twin peak sources, as it might already have been observed in the especially active GRS 1915+105.

  3. Rapid variability as a probe of warped space-time around accreting black holes

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    Axelsson, Magnus

    2016-07-01

    The geometry of the inner accretion flow of X-ray binaries is complex, with multiple regions contributing to the observed emission. Frequency-resolved spectroscopy is a powerful tool in breaking this spectral degeneracy. We have extracted the spectra of the strong low-frequency quasi-periodic oscillation (QPO) and its harmonic in GX339-4 and XTE J1550-564, and compare these to the time-averaged spectrum and the spectrum of the rapid (<0.1 s) variability. Our results support the picture where the QPO arises from vertical (Lense-Thirring) precession of an inhomogeneous hot flow, softer at larger radii closer to the truncated disc and harder in the innermost parts where the rapid variability is produced. This coupling between variability and spectra allows us to constrain the soft Comptonization component, breaking the degeneracy plaguing the time-averaged spectrum and revealing the geometry of the accretion flow close to the black hole.

  4. A Simple Method to Improve the Quality of RXTE PCA Spectra

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    Garcia, Javier; McClintock, Jeffrey E.; Steiner, James F.; Remillard, Ronald A.; Grinberg, Victoria

    2014-06-01

    We fitted at once all of the several hundred RXTE PCA spectra of the Crab to a simple power-law model; the total number of counts in the composite spectrum is >10^9. We then used the spectrum of fit residuals (data/model) to correct large samples of spectra of G 339-4, H1743-322, and XTE J1550-564. The correction improved the quality of all the fits, and the improvement was dramatic for spectra with >10^7 counts. The Crab residual spectrum is somewhat different for each of the five PCA detectors, but it was relatively stable during the course of the 16-year mission. We provide public software that automates the process of applying the correction to PCA data and recommend that the correction be applied to all spectra with >10^6 counts.

  5. Temporal Variability from the Two-Component Advective Flow Solution and Its Observational Evidence

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    Dutta, Broja G.; Chakrabarti, Sandip K.

    2016-09-01

    In the propagating oscillatory shock model, the oscillation of the post-shock region, i.e., the Compton cloud, causes the observed low-frequency quasi-periodic oscillations (QPOs). The evolution of QPO frequency is explained by the systematic variation of the Compton cloud size, i.e., the steady radial movement of the shock front, which is triggered by the cooling of the post-shock region. Thus, analysis of the energy-dependent temporal properties in different variability timescales can diagnose the dynamics and geometry of accretion flows around black holes. We study these properties for the high-inclination black hole source XTE J1550-564 during its 1998 outburst and the low-inclination black hole source GX 339-4 during its 2006–07 outburst using RXTE/PCA data, and we find that they can satisfactorily explain the time lags associated with the QPOs from these systems. We find a smooth decrease of the time lag as a function of time in the rising phase of both sources. In the declining phase, the time lag increases with time. We find a systematic evolution of QPO frequency and hard lags in these outbursts. In XTE J1550-564, the lag changes from hard to soft (i.e., from a positive to a negative value) at a crossing frequency (ν c) of ∼3.4 Hz. We present possible mechanisms to explain the lag behavior of high and low-inclination sources within the framework of a single two-component advective flow model.

  6. A possible imprint of quasi-periodic oscillations in the X-ray spectra of black hole binaries

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    Varniere, P.; Mignon-Risse, R.; Rodriguez, J.

    2016-02-01

    Context. While nobody would deny the presence of quasi-periodic oscillations in the power density spectrum of black hole binaries nor their importance in the understanding of the mechanisms powering the X-ray emissions, the possible impact on the time-averaged disk energy spectrum from the phenomenon responsible for quasi-periodic oscillations is largely ignored in models of sources emission. Aims: Here we investigate the potential impact of such a structure on the resultant energy spectrum. Methods: Using data from the well-documented outbursts of XTE J1550-564, we looked at possible hints that the presence of quasi-periodic oscillations actually impacts the energy spectrum emitted by the source. In particular, we look at the evolution of the relation between the inner disk radius and the inner disk temperature obtained from fits to the spectral data. We then test this further by developing a simple model to simulate the spectrum of a disk with a structure mimicking quasi-periodic oscillations that are increasing in strength simulated results to those obtained from real data. Results: We detect a similar departure in the inner radius - inner temperature curve coming from the standard fit of our simulated observations as is seen in XTE J1550-564 data. We interpret our results as evidence that the structure at the origin of the quasi-periodic oscillations impacts the energy spectrum. Conclusions: Furthermore, in states with significant disk emission the inaccuracy of the determination of the disk parameters increases with the strength of quasi-periodic oscillations, an increase that then renders the value given by the fit unreliable for strong quasi-periodic oscillations.

  7. A LIKELY MICRO-QUASAR IN THE SHADOW OF M82 X-1

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    Xu, Xiao-jie; Liu, Jifeng; Liu, Jiren E-mail: jfliu@nao.cas.cn

    2015-02-01

    The ultra-luminous X-ray source M82 X-1 is one of the most promising intermediate mass black hole candidates in the local universe based on its high X-ray luminosities (10{sup 40}–10{sup 41} erg s{sup −1}) and quasi-periodic oscillations, and is possibly associated with a radio flare source. In this work, applying the sub-pixel technique to the 120 ks Chandra observation (ID: 10543) of M82 X-1, we split M82 X-1 into two sources separated by 1.″1. The secondary source is not detected in other M82 observations. The radio flare source is not found to associate with M82 X-1, but is instead associated with the nearby transient source S1 with an outburst luminosity of ∼10{sup 39} erg s{sup −1}. With X-ray outburst and radio flare activities analogous to the recently discovered micro-quasar in M31, S1 is likely to be a micro-quasar hidden in the shadow of M82 X-1.

  8. Radio lobes and X-ray hot spots of the extraordinary microquasar in NGC 7793

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    Soria, Roberto; Pakull, Manfred; Broderick, Jess; Corbel, Stephane; Motch, Christian

    2010-07-01

    We have studied the newly-discovered microquasar in NGC 7793 in radio, optical and X-ray bands. This system comprises a large (250×120 pc) line-emitting optical nebula, detected in Ha and HeII λ4686. The optical nebula coincides with a synchrotron-emitting radio cocoon, with a radio luminosity about 3 times that of Cas A. The central BH appears as a hard X-ray source with a point-like, blue optical counterpart. Two prominent radio lobes are located at the extremities of the cocoon. Just ahead of the radio hot spots, we found two X-ray hot spots, which we interpret as a signature of the bow shock into the interstellar medium. The X-ray hot spots, radio hot spots, X-ray core and major axis of the cocoon are well aligned, proving that the system is powered by a jet. From both the X-ray and optical data, we estimate a jet power ~a few×1040 erg s-1, active over a timescale ~105 yrs. This extraordinary system is a long-sought analog of the Galactic microquasar SS433 and may represent a new class of non-nuclear BHs dominated by mechanical power even at very high accretion rates.

  9. A Likely Micro-Quasar in the Shadow of M82 X-1

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    Xu, Xiao-jie; Liu, Jifeng; Liu, Jiren

    2015-02-01

    The ultra-luminous X-ray source M82 X-1 is one of the most promising intermediate mass black hole candidates in the local universe based on its high X-ray luminosities (1040-1041 erg s-1) and quasi-periodic oscillations, and is possibly associated with a radio flare source. In this work, applying the sub-pixel technique to the 120 ks Chandra observation (ID: 10543) of M82 X-1, we split M82 X-1 into two sources separated by 1.″1. The secondary source is not detected in other M82 observations. The radio flare source is not found to associate with M82 X-1, but is instead associated with the nearby transient source S1 with an outburst luminosity of ˜1039 erg s-1. With X-ray outburst and radio flare activities analogous to the recently discovered micro-quasar in M31, S1 is likely to be a micro-quasar hidden in the shadow of M82 X-1.

  10. Doppler Imaging of Black Hole SYSTEMS:XTE J1118+480.

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    Callanan, Paul; Perres-Torres, Manuel; Garcia, Michael

    We present time-resolved spectroscopy of the black-hole candidate XTE J1118+480 obtained during its approach to quiescence. Doppler imaging of the intense Hα line shows persistent emission with an origin in the gas stream/hotspot. In addition the Doppler maps show enhanced emission in the +Vx -Vy quadrant clearing incompatible with a stream/hotspot origin. We favour a non-uniform disk intensity distribution due to tidal effects as the origin of this emission. We compare our map with that of XTE J1118+480 in outburst as well as with those of other transient systems in quiescence

  11. Delta XTE Launch Activities and Scrub (Anomaly) at Cape Canaveral Air Station Complex 17

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    1995-01-01

    This NASA Kennedy Space Center video presents launch activities of the Delta X-ray Timing Explorer and scrub aboard a McDonnell Douglas Delta II rocket from Complex 17. The primary objective of the Delta XTE is to study time variability and broadband spectral phenomena in the X-ray emission from astronomical sources. XTE is designed for a required lifetime of two years with a goal of five years and will be inserted into a low-Earth circular orbit at an altitude of 600 km. The launch was postponed due to unfavorable wind conditions aloft.

  12. Further comments on segregation during Bridgman growth of Cd(x)Hg(1-x)Te

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    Lehoczky, S. L.; Szofran, F. R.

    1984-01-01

    The authors comment on recent papers published by Capper et al. (1983) and Jones et al. (1983) which report and discuss the variation of composition with axial position in Bridgman-grown Cd(x)Hg(1-x)Te alloys. The validity of a diffusion-controlled model for non-mixing growth conditions is particularly noted.

  13. The 2002 Outburst of the Millisecond Accreting Pulsar XTE J1751-305

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    Markwardt, C. B.; Swank, J. H.

    2002-12-01

    The millisecond accreting pulsar XTE J1751--305 was discovered in the galactic bulge region by the RXTE PCA in early 2002. It is one of only a handful of now-known millisecond pulsars that are presumably spinning up by mass accretion (along with SAX J1808.4--3658 and XTE J0929--314). We will present an analysis of the complete outburst of XTE J1751--305, including spectroscopy and timing. The outburst followed a similar track to the first known millisecond accreting pulsar, SAX J1808.4--3658, with a fast rise, exponential decay (time constant ~ 7 day), and a sudden cut-off. Over the outburst, the energy spectral shape remained essentially constant, and showed no strong line features. Aside from the pulsations, XTE J1751--305 also exhibited lower frequency fluctuations in the power spectrum, which are typical of low mass X-ray binaries. While there appears to be no strong kiloHertz quasiperiodic oscillations, there is some evidence for a weak and broad power spectral excess feature centered on a few hundred Hertz.

  14. Surface photovoltage spectroscopy analyses of Cd{sub 1-x}Zn{sub x}Te

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    Cavalcoli, D.; Fraboni, B.; Cavallini, A.

    2008-02-15

    Cd{sub 1-x}Zn{sub x}Te alloys have been studied by surface photovoltage spectroscopy (SPS) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). The analyses of surface photovoltage spectra have been perfomed at near and above band gap energies. Surface recombination effects on the surface photovoltage have been investigated. SPS analyses of Cd{sub 1-x}Zn{sub x}Te alloys with different surface conditions have shown that the surface recombination velocity significantly affects the SPS determination of the material band gap. Accounting for this and preparing the surfaces accordingly, SPS spectra of Cd{sub 1-x}Zn{sub x}Te samples have allowed an accurate determination of the optical band gap as a function of the Zn concentration, determined via EDS analyses. The local increases in the density of states associated with band structure features in Cd{sub 1-x}Zn{sub x}Te alloys have been investigated by SPS spectra in the above band gap energy range.

  15. Multi-frequency observation of Galactic micro-quasar Cygnus X-3 during flare

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    Patra, D.; Pal, S.; Ishwara-Chandra, C. H.; Rao, A. P.

    We studied the multi-frequency radio observations of the Galactic micro-quasar Cygnus X-3 using the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope at 244, 325, 614 and 1280 MHz and Very Large Array at 8.43, 22.5 and 43.3 GHz during various flaring activities between 2006 to 2009. We have calculated the two point spectral index from the simultaneous observations at 244 and 614 MHz. These spectral index varies from positive (optically thick) and negative (optically thin) values which is consistent with the synchrotron self absorption model. We calculated some physical parameters such as the size of emitting region, turn over frequency and corresponding peak flux using the synchrotron self absorption model. The size of the emitting region are different at different time of the flare.

  16. Decoding the heartbeat of the microquasar GRS 1915+105: Disk wind Connection

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    Zoghbi, Abderahmen; Miller, Jon M.; Harrison, Fiona

    2016-04-01

    GRS 1915+105 is a microquasar that shows extreme variability in X-ray, IR and radio bands. It shows disk emission, relativistic jets and strong winds during its different states. We observed this source recently with NuSTAR and Chandra during the heartbeat state, characterized a 50 seconds strong oscillations. The oscillations are likely due to thermal/viscous instability in the inner disk when it deviates significantly from the standard Shakura & Sunyaev disk. Combining the high sensitivty of Nustar and the high resolution of Chandra, we use phase spectroscopy to study the details of these oscillation, revealing changes in the inner accretion disk as well as the launching of powerful winds during the oscillations. I will discuss the implications of these results on accretion physics, the thermal instability and the launching mechanism of the wind.

  17. Are gamma rays produced in the core region of microquasars and AGNs?

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    Khiali, Behrouz; de Gouveia Dal Pino, Elisabete; Sol, Helene; del Valle, Maria Victoria

    2015-08-01

    Cosmic Ray (CR) acceleration is still challenging in high energy astrophysics. A first-order Fermi mechanism within magnetic reconnection layers has been demonstrated to be a powerful CR accelerator in recent studies. In this work we have investigated this acceleration process in the nuclear region of radio-galaxies and microquasars and found that the very high energy (VHE) emission from these astrophysical sources may be originated in the nuclear region around the central black hole. We employed both lepontic and hadronic models to interpret the observed gamma emission resulting from interactions of accelerated particles by magnetic reconnection with the ambient radiation, magnetic and matter fields. We compared the acceleration rate with the proper cooling rates obtaining the maximum particle energy and then reconstructed the spectral energy distribution (SED) for a few galactic and extragalactic sources and found that the are consistent with the observations. Also this model naturally explains the fast time variability of the emission of these sources.

  18. JET PROPULSION OF WIND EJECTA FROM A MAJOR FLARE IN THE BLACK HOLE MICROQUASAR SS433

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    Blundell, Katherine M.; Hirst, Paul

    2011-07-01

    We present direct evidence, from adaptive-optics near-infrared imaging, of the jets in the Galactic microquasar SS433 interacting with enhanced wind-outflow off the accretion disk that surrounds the black hole in this system. Radiant quantities of gas are transported significant distances away from the black hole approximately perpendicular to the accretion disk from which the wind emanates. We suggest that the material that comprised the resulting 'bow-tie' structure is associated with a major flare that the system exhibited 10 months prior to the observations. During this flare, excess matter was expelled by the accretion disk as an enhanced wind, which in turn is 'snow-ploughed', or propelled, out by the much faster jets that move at approximately a quarter of the speed of light. Successive instances of such bow-ties may be responsible for the large-scale X-ray cones observed within the W50 nebula by ROSAT.

  19. Origin of multi-band emission from the microquasar Cygnus X-1

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    Zhang, Jianfu; Lu, Jufu; Xu, Bing

    2014-06-20

    We study the origin of non-thermal emissions from the Galactic black hole X-ray binary Cygnus X-1, which is a confirmed high-mass microquasar. By analogy with the methods used in studies of active galactic nuclei, we propose a two-dimensional, time-dependent radiation model from the microquasar Cygnus X-1. In this model, the evolution equation for relativistic electrons in a conical jet are numerically solved by including escape, adiabatic, and various radiative losses. The radiative processes involved are synchrotron emission, its self-Compton scattering, and inverse Compton scatterings of an accretion disk and its surrounding stellar companion. This model also includes an electromagnetic cascade process of an anisotropic γ-γ interaction. We study the spectral properties of electron evolution and its emission spectral characteristic at different heights of the emission region located in the jet. We find that radio data from Cygnus X-1 are reproduced by the synchrotron emission, the Fermi Large Area Telescope measurements by the synchrotron emission and Comptonization of photons of the stellar companion, and the TeV band emission fluxes by the Comptonization of the stellar photons. Our results show the following. (1) The radio emission region extends from the binary system scales to the termination of the jet. (2) The GeV band emissions should originate from the distance close to the binary system scales. (3) The TeV band emissions could be inside the binary system, and these emissions could be probed by the upcoming Cherenkov Telescope Array. (4) The MeV tail emissions, which produce a strongly linearly polarized signal, are emitted inside the binary system. The location of the emissions is very close to the inner region of the jet.

  20. Development of the solar array deployment and drive system for the XTE spacecraft

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    Farley, Rodger; Ngo, Son

    1995-01-01

    The X-ray Timing Explorer (XTE) spacecraft is a NASA science low-earth orbit explorer-class satellite to be launched in 1995, and is an in-house Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) project. It has two deployable aluminum honeycomb solar array wings with each wing being articulated by a single axis solar array drive assembly. This paper will address the design, the qualification testing, and the development problems as they surfaced of the Solar Array Deployment and Drive System.

  1. XTE J1752-223: Optical spectroscopy and infrared counterpart detection

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    Torres, M. A. P.; Steeghs, D.; Jonker, P. G.; Thompson, I.; Soderberg, A. M.

    2009-10-01

    Prompted by the discovery of its bright optical counterpart and the announcement of increased X-ray activity (ATels #2258, #2259, #2261, #2265, #2263), we have acquired additional observations of XTE J1752-223 at optical and near-infrared wavelengths. OPTICAL SPECTROSCOPY: An optical spectrum covering 3330-9165 Angstrom was obtained with the MIKE echelle spectrograph on the Magellan Clay telescope starting on 2009 Oct 26 UT 23:52.

  2. X-Ray Bursts from the Transient Magnetar Candidate XTE J1810-197

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    Kouveliotou, Chryssa; Woods, Peter M.; Gavriil, Fotis P.; Kaspi, Victoria M.; Roberts, Mallory S. E.; Ibrahim, Alaa; Markwardt, Craig B.; Swank, Jean H.; Finger, Mark H.

    2005-01-01

    We have discovered four X-ray bursts, recorded with the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer Proportional Counter Array between 2003 September and 2004 April, that we show to originate from the transient magnetar candidate XTE 51810-197. The burst morphologies consist of a short spike or multiple spikes lasting approx. 1 s each followed by extended tails of emission where the pulsed flux from XTE 51810-197 is significantly higher. The burst spikes are likely correlated with the pulse maxima, having a chance probability of a random phase distribution of 0.4%. The burst spectra are best fit to a blackbody with temperatures 4-8 keV, considerably harder than the persistent X-ray emission. During the X-ray tails following these bursts, the temperature rapidly cools as the flux declines, maintaining a constant emitting radius after the initial burst peak. The temporal and spectral characteristics of these bursts closely resemble the bursts seen from 1E 1048.1-5937 and a subset of the bursts detected from 1E 2259+586, thus establishing XTE J1810-197 as a magnetar candidate. The bursts detected from these three objects are sufficiently similar to one another, yet si,g&cantly differe2t from those seen from soft gamma repeaters, that they likely represent a new class of bursts from magnetar candidates exclusive (thus far) to the anomalous X-ray pulsar-like sources.

  3. Discovery of Radio Emission From Transient Anomalous X-Ray Pulsar XTE J1810-197

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    Halpern, J P; Gotthelf, E V; Becker, R H; Helfand, D J; White, R L

    2005-10-25

    We report the first detection of radio emission from any anomalous X-ray pulsar (AXP). Data from the Very Large Array (VLA) MAGPIS survey with angular resolution 6'' reveals a point-source of flux density 4.5 {+-} 0.5 mJy at 1.4 GHz at the precise location of the 5.54 s pulsar XTE J1810-197. This is greater than upper limits from all other AXPs and from quiescent states of soft gamma-ray repeaters (SGRs). The detection was made in 2004 January, 1 year after the discovery of XTE J1810-197 during its only known outburst. Additional VLA observations both before and after the outburst yield only upper limits that are comparable to or larger than the single detection, neither supporting nor ruling out a decaying radio afterglow related to the X-ray turn-on. Another hypothesis is that, unlike the other AXPs and SGRs, XTE J1810-197 may power a radio synchrotron nebula by the interaction of its particle wind with a moderately dense environment that was not evacuated by previous activity from this least luminous, in X-rays, of the known magnetars.

  4. THE VARIABLE NEAR-INFRARED COUNTERPART OF THE MICROQUASAR GRS 1758–258

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    Luque-Escamilla, Pedro L.

    2014-12-10

    We present a new study of the microquasar system GRS 1758–258 in the near-infrared domain based on archival observations with the Hubble Space Telescope and the NICMOS camera. In addition to confirming the near-infrared counterpart pointed out by Muñoz-Arjonilla et al., we show that this object displays significant photometric variability. From its average magnitudes, we also find that GRS 1758–258 fits well within the correlation between the optical/near-infrared and X-ray luminosity known to exist for low-mass, black-hole candidate X-ray binaries in a hard state. Moreover, the spectral energy distribution built using all radio, near-infrared, and X-ray data available closest in time to the NICMOS observations can be reasonably interpreted in terms of a self-absorbed radio jet and an irradiated accretion disk model around a stellar-mass black hole. All these facts match the expected behavior of a compact binary system and strengthen our confidence in the counterpart identification.

  5. VLBA "Movie" Gives Scientists New Insights On Workings of Mysterious Microquasars

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    2004-01-01

    Astronomers have made a 42-day movie showing unprecedented detail of the inner workings of a strange star system that has puzzled scientists for more than two decades. Their work is providing new insights that are changing scientists' understanding of the enigmatic stellar pairs known as microquasars. SS 433 Frame from SS 433 Movie: End to end is some 200 billion miles. CREDIT: Mioduszewski et al., NRAO/AUI/NSF Image Files Single Frame Overall Jet View (above image) VLBA Movie (animated gif, 2.3 MB) Animated graphic of SS 433 System (18MB) (Created using software by Robert Hynes, U.Texas) Annotated brightening graphic Unannotated brightening Frame 1 Unannotated brightening Frame 2 "This once-a-day series of exquisitely-detailed images is the best look anyone has ever had at a microquasar, and already has made us change our thinking about how these things work," said Amy Mioduszewski, of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), in Socorro, New Mexico. The astronomers used the National Science Foundation's Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), a system of radio telescopes stretching from Hawaii to the Caribbean, to follow daily changes in a binary-star system called SS 433, some 15,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Aquila. Mioduszewski worked with Michael Rupen, Greg Taylor and Craig Walker, all of NRAO. They reported their findings to the American Astronomical Society's meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. SS 433 consists of a neutron star or black hole orbited by a "normal" companion star. The powerful gravity of the neutron star or black hole is drawing material from the stellar wind of its companion into an accretion disk of material tightly circling the dense, central object prior to being pulled onto that object. This disk propels jets of subatomic particles outward from its poles. In SS 433, the particles in the jets move at 26 percent of the speed of light; in other microquasars, the jet material moves at 90-95 percent of light speed. The disk in SS

  6. Variable-Frequency QPOs from the Galactic Microquasar GRS 1915+105

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    Markwardt, Craig B.; Swank, Jean H.; Taam, Ronald E.

    1998-01-01

    We show that the galactic microquasar GRS 1915+105 exhibits quasi-periodic oscillations (QPOS) whose frequency varies continuously from 1-15 Hz, during spectrally hard dips when the source is in a flaring state. NN'e report here analyses of simultaneous energy spectra and power density spectra at 4 s intervals. The energy spectrum is well fit at each time step by an optically thick accretion disk plus power law model, while the power density spectrum consists of a varying red noise component plus the variable frequency QPO. The features of both spectra are strongly correlated with one another. The 1-15 Hz QPOs appear when the power law component becomes hard and intense, and themselves have an energy spectrum consistent with the power law component (with root mean square amplitudes as high as 10%). The frequency of the oscillations, however, is most strikingly correlated with the parameters of the thermal disk component. The tightest correlation is between QPO frequency and the disk X-ray flux. This fact indicates that the properties of the QPO are not determined by solely a disk or solely a corona.

  7. SUZAKU OBSERVATIONS OF THE GALACTIC CENTER MICROQUASAR 1E 1740.7-2942

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    Reynolds, Mark T.; Miller, Jon M.

    2010-06-20

    We present two Suzaku observations of the Galactic center microquasar 1E 1740.7-2942 separated by approximately 700 days. The source was observed on both occasions after a transition to the spectrally hard state. Significant emission from 1E 1740.7-2942 is detected out to an energy of 300 keV, with no spectral break or turnover evident in the data. We tentatively measure a lower limit to the cutoff energy of {approx}380 keV. The spectra are found to be consistent with a Comptonized corona on both occasions, where the high energy emission is consistent with a hard power-law ({Gamma} {approx} 1.8) with a significant contribution from an accretion disk with a temperature of {approx}0.4 keV at soft X-ray energies. The measured value for the inner radius of the accretion disk is found to be inconsistent with the picture whereby the disk is truncated at large radii in the low-hard state and instead favors a radius close to the ISCO (R{sub in} {approx} 10 - 20 R{sub g}).

  8. Serendipitous Detections of XTE J1906+09 with the Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer

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    Wilson, Colleen A.; Finger, Mark H.; Gogus, Ersin; Woods, Peter M.; Kouveliotou, Chryssa

    2002-01-01

    The 89 s X-ray pulsar XTE J1906+09 was discovered during Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) observations of SGR 1900+14 in 1996. Because of monitoring campaigns of SGR 1900+14, XTE J1906+09 was also monitored regularly in 1996 September, 1998 May-June, 1998 August-1999 July, and 2000 March-2001 January. A search for pulsations resulted in detections of only the two previously reported outbursts in 1996 September and 1998 August-September. Pulsed flux upper limits for the rest of the observations show that XTE J1906+09 is a transient X-ray pulsar and likely has a Be star companion. The RXTE all-sky monitor did not reveal XTE J1906+09. Pulse-timing analysis of the second outburst discovered a sinusoidal signature in the pulse frequencies that is likely produced by an orbital periastron passage. Fits to pulse phases using an orbital model and quadratic phase model have chi(exp 2) minima at orbital periods of 26-30 days for fixed mass functions of 5, 10, 15, and 20 solar masses. The pulse shape showed energy- and intensity-dependent variations. Pulse-phase spectroscopy quantified the energy-dependent variations. The phase-averaged spectrum used the pulse minimum spectrum as the background spectrum to eliminate effects from SGR 1900+14 and the Galactic ridge and was well fitted by an absorbed power law with a high-energy cutoff with column density N(sub H) = 6 +/- 1 x 10(exp 22)/sq cm, a photon index of 1.01 +/- 0.08, cutoff energy E(sub cut) = 11 +/- 1 keV, and e-folding energy E(sub fold) = 19 +/- 4 keV. Estimated 2-10 keV peak fluxes, corrected for contributions from the Galactic ridge and SGR 1900+14, are 6 x l0(exp -12) and 1.1 x 10(exp -10) ergs/sq cm/s for the 1996 and 1998 outbursts, respectively. XTE J1906+09 may be part of an unusual class of Be/X-ray binaries that do not lie on the general spin period versus orbital period correlation with the majority of Be/X-ray binaries.

  9. EPISODIC TRANSIENT GAMMA-RAY EMISSION FROM THE MICROQUASAR CYGNUS X-1

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    Sabatini, S.; Tavani, M.; Vittorini, V.; Piano, G.; Del Monte, E.; Feroci, M.; Argan, A.; D'Ammando, F.; Costa, E.; De Paris, G.; Bulgarelli, A.; Trifoglio, M.; Gianotti, F.; Di Cocco, G.; Barbiellini, G.; Caraveo, P.; Chen, A. W.

    2010-03-20

    Cygnus X-1 (Cyg X-1) is the archetypal black hole binary system in our Galaxy. We report the main results of an extensive search for transient gamma-ray emission from Cygnus X-1 carried out in the energy range 100 MeV-3 GeV by the AGILE satellite, during the period 2007 July-2009 October. The total exposure time is about 300 days, during which the source was in the 'hard' X-ray spectral state. We divided the observing intervals in 2-4 week periods, and searched for transient and persistent emission. We report an episode of significant transient gamma-ray emission detected on 2009 October 16 in a position compatible with Cyg X-1 optical position. This episode, which occurred during a hard spectral state of Cyg X-1, shows that a 1-2 day time variable emission above 100 MeV can be produced during hard spectral states, having important theoretical implications for current Comptonization models for Cyg X-1 and other microquasars. Except for this one short timescale episode, no significant gamma-ray emission was detected by AGILE. By integrating all available data, we obtain a 2{sigma} upper limit for the total integrated flux of F {sub {gamma}}{sub ,U.L.} = 3 x 10{sup -8} ph cm{sup -2} s{sup -1} in the energy range 100 MeV-3 GeV. We then clearly establish the existence of a spectral cutoff in the energy range 1-100 MeV that applies to the typical hard state outside the flaring period and that confirms the historically known spectral cutoff above 1 MeV.

  10. Testing modified gravity and no-hair relations for the Kerr-Newman metric through quasiperiodic oscillations of galactic microquasars

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    Suvorov, Arthur George; Melatos, Andrew

    2016-01-01

    We construct multipole moments for stationary, asymptotically flat, spacetime solutions to higher-order curvature theories of gravity. The moments are defined using 3 +1 techniques involving timelike Killing vector constructions as in the classic papers by Geroch and Hansen. Using the fact that the Kerr-Newman metric is a vacuum solution to a particular class of f (R ) theories of gravity, we compute all its moments, and find that they admit recurrence relations similar to those for the Kerr solution in general relativity. It has been proposed previously that modeling the measured frequencies of quasiperiodic oscillations from galactic microquasars enables experimental tests of the no-hair theorem. We explore the possibility that, even if the no-hair relation is found to break down in the context of general relativity, there may be an f (R ) counterpart that is preserved. We apply the results to the microquasars GRS 1915 +105 and GRO J1655-40 using the diskoseismology and kinematic resonance models, and constrain the spins and "charges" of their black holes.

  11. Serendipitous Detections of XTE J1906+09 with the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer

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    Wilson, Colleen A.; Finger, Mark H.; Gogus, Ersin; Woods, Peter M.; Whitaker, Ann F. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    In 1996 during Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) observations of SCR 1900+14, the 89-second X-ray pulsar XTE J1906+09 was discovered. As a result of monitoring campaigns of SGR 1900+14, XTE J1906+09 was also monitored regularly in 1996 September, 1998 May-June, 1998 August-1999 July, and 2000 March-2001 January. A frequency grid search of these observations resulted in detections of only the two previously reported outbursts in 1996 September and 1998 August-September. The non-detection of XTE J1906+09 in most observations indicates that it is a transient X-ray pulsar and therefore likely has a Be star companion, Pulse timing analysis of the second outburst revealed a sinusoidal signature in the pulse frequencies that is likely produced by periastron passage in a long period, eccentric, orbit. During the second outburst, the pulse shape changed with increasing intensity, Low intensity pulse profiles from the second outburst are consistent with profiles from the fainter first outburst. Energy dependent pulse shape variations were seen in both outbursts. Pulse phase spectroscopy was used to quantify these variations. The phase averaged spectrum, using the pulse minimum spectrum as the background spectrum to eliminate effects from SGR 1900+14 and the galactic ridge, was well fitted by an absorbed power law with a high energy cutoff with column density N(sub H) = (6 +/- 1) x 10(exp 22) cm(sup -2), photon index = 1.01 +/- 0.08, cutoff energy E(sub cut) = 11 +/- 1 keV, and folding energy E(sub fold) = 19 +/- 4 keV.

  12. The Accretion Rate Independence of Horizontal Branch Oscillation in XTE J1701-462

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    Li, Zhaosheng; Chen, Li; Qu, Jinlu; Bu, Qingcui; Wang, Dehua; Xu, Renxin

    2014-05-01

    We study the temporal and energy spectral properties of the unique neutron star low-mass X-ray binary XTE J1701-462. Assuming the horizontal branch/normal branch (HB/NB) vertex as a reference position of the accretion rate, the horizontal branch oscillation (HBO) of the HB/NB vertex is roughly 50 Hz. It indicates that the HBO is independent of the accretion rate or the source intensity. The spectral analysis shows R_{in}\\propto \\dot{M}_{Disk}^{2.9+/- 0.09} in the HB/NB vertex and R_{in}\\propto \\dot{M}_{Disk}^{1.7+/- 0.06} in the NB/flaring branch (FB) vertex, which implies that different accretion rates may be produced in the HB/NB and NB/FB vertex. The Comptonization component could be fitted by a constrained broken power law or nthComp. Unlike GX 17+2, the frequencies of HBO positively correlate with the inner disk radius, which contradict with the prediction of the Lense-Thirring precession model. XTE J1701-462, both in the Cyg-like phase and in the Sco-like phase, follows a positive correlation between the break frequency of broadband noise and the characteristic frequency of HBO, which is called the W-K relation. An anticorrelation between the frequency of HBO and photon energy is observed. Moreover, the rms of HBO increases with photon energy until ~10 keV. We discuss the possible origin of HBO from the corona in XTE J1701-462.

  13. An XTE Observation of the VELA Pulsar and Inner Region of the VELA SNR

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    Strickman, Mark

    Using three XTE pointing fields in the inner region of the Vela Supernova Remnant, we propose to answer three fundamental questions concerning this most interesting object: 1) What is the spectrum of the Vela Pulsar between 1 keV (ROSAT) and 60 keV (OSSE)? If a cutoff is detected, it may constitute a measurement of the pulsar magnetic field in the production region. 2) Does unpulsed emission recently detected by OSSE actually come from the compact nebula surrounding the pulsar? 3) Is the asymmetry of emission NE and SW of the pulsar as viewed by ROSAT and EINSTEIN reflected at higher energies?

  14. Corrected Name for 5.54 s Pulsar: XTE J1810-197

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    Swank, J. H.; Markwardt, C. B.; Ibrahim, A. I.

    2003-07-01

    In ATEL 167, we reported the position of a new source as R.A. = 18h10.9m, Decl. = -19o42' (equinox 2000.0) , with estimated 99% confidence semi-major axes of 5' in R.A. and 7' in Decl. We designated the new pulsar as XTE J1811-197. The same name appeared in CBET 36. It was brought to our attention by Dr. Marion Schmitz, head of the IAU Working Group on Designations, that the name did not follow the specifications of the IAU, which can be found at: http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/iau-spec.html.

  15. Radio lobes and X-ray hotspots in the microquasar S26

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    Soria, Roberto; Pakull, Manfred W.; Broderick, Jess W.; Corbel, Stephane; Motch, Christian

    2010-12-01

    We have studied the structure and energetics of the powerful microquasar/shock-ionized nebula S26 in NGC7793, with particular focus on its radio and X-ray properties. Using the Australia Telescope Compact Array, we have resolved for the first time the radio lobe structure and mapped the spectral index of the radio cocoon. The steep spectral index of the radio lobes is consistent with optically-thin synchrotron emission; outside the lobes, the spectral index is flatter, suggesting an additional contribution from free-free emission, and perhaps ongoing ejections near the core. The radio core is not detected, while the X-ray core has a 0.3-8 keV luminosity ~6 × 1036 erg s-1. The size of the radio cocoon matches that seen in the optical emission lines and diffuse soft X-ray emission. The total 5.5-GHz flux of cocoon and lobes is ~2.1 mJy, which at the assumed distance of 3.9 Mpc corresponds to about three times the luminosity of Cas A. The total 9.0-GHz flux is ~1.6 mJy. The X-ray hotspots (combined 0.3-8 keV luminosity ~2 × 1037 erg s-1) are located ~20 pc outwards of the radio hotspots (i.e. downstream along the jet direction), consistent with a different physical origin of X-ray and radio emission (thermal-plasma and synchrotron, respectively). The total particle energy in the bubble is ~1053 erg: from the observed radio flux, we estimate that only approximately a few times 1050 erg is stored in the relativistic electrons; the rest is stored in protons, nuclei and non-relativistic electrons. The X-ray-emitting component of the gas in the hotspots contains ~1051 erg, and ~1052 erg over the whole cocoon. We suggest that S26 provides a clue to understand how the ambient medium is heated by the mechanical power of a black hole near its Eddington accretion rate.

  16. Magnetoreflectivity of Pb{sub 1{minus}x}Eu{sub x}Te epilayers and PbTe/Pb{sub 1{minus}x}Eu{sub x}Te multiple quantum wells

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    Yuan, S.; Krenn, H.; Springholz, G.; Ueta, Y.; Bauer, G.; McCann, P.J.

    1997-02-01

    Molecular-beam epitaxy grown n-type Pb{sub 1{minus}x}Eu{sub x}Te epilayers (x{le}0.034) and PbTe/Pb{sub 1{minus}x}Eu{sub x}Te (x{le}0.039) multiple-quantum-well (MQW) samples were studied by magnetoreflectivity in the Faraday configuration (B{parallel}[111]) for magnetic fields up to 6T at 4.2 K. Since the IV-VI lead salt compounds are quite polar semiconductors, resonant electron-longitudinal-optic- (LO-) phonon coupling (Fr{umlt o}hlich coupling) modifies the cyclotron resonance (CR) energies in the Pb{sub 1{minus}x}Eu{sub x}Te single epilayers for the three-dimensional (3D) case. Due to the many-valley band structure {ital two} different Fr{umlt o}hlich coupling constants are relevant. However, the CR energies of quasi-two-dimensional (2D) carriers in PbTe wells [n{sup 2D}=(1.5{minus}3){times}10{sup 11}cm{sup {minus}2}] of PbTe/Pb{sub 1{minus}x}Eu{sub x}Te MQW samples do {ital not} exhibit a significant resonant electron-LO-phonon interaction. This observation is attributed to finite-electron concentration effects, in particular, to a partial filling of the lowest 2D Landau spin level. The static and dynamic screening of the polar interaction are considered as well, but are ruled out as an explanation for the absence of any remarkable polaron correction to the CR energies of electrons in the PbTe quantum wells for the range of carrier concentrations investigated. The magnetoreflectivity spectra of Pb{sub 1{minus}x}Eu{sub x}Te single layers and PbTe/Pb{sub 1{minus}x}Eu{sub x}Te quantum well samples are simulated numerically, using a model for the dielectric response of which also includes the electron-LO-phonon interaction. The transverse and longitudinal masses, and thus also the interband momentum matrix elements are determined for Pb{sub 1{minus}x}Eu{sub x}Te as a function of the composition up to x{lt}0.034. It is found that the transverse mass {ital increases} with Eu content, whereas the longitudinal one nearly stays constant. (Abstract Truncated)

  17. Growth and magnetic properties of IV-VI diluted magnetic semiconductor Ge{sub 1-x}Cr{sub x}Te

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    Fukuma, Y.; Taya, T.; Miyawaki, S.; Irisa, T.; Asada, H.; Koyanagi, T.

    2006-04-15

    IV-VI diluted magnetic semiconductor Ge{sub 1-x}Cr{sub x}Te films were grown on BaF{sub 2} substrates by molecular-beam epitaxy. The Ge{sub 1-x}Cr{sub x}Te film up to x=0.103 is single phase as determined by reflection high-energy electron diffraction and x-ray diffraction measurements. The optical band gap decreases with increasing Cr composition. Ferromagnetic order of the Ge{sub 1-x}Cr{sub x}Te films is characterized by direct magnetization and anomalous Hall effect measurements.

  18. Doppler tomography of the X-ray nova XTE J1118+480 in outburst and near quiescence

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    Torres, M. A. P.; Callanan, P. J.; Garcia, M. R.

    2002-01-01

    We present Doppler images of the more intense emission lines in the spectrum of the Black Hole X-ray Nova XTE J1118+480 during the 2000 outburst and near quiescence. Use of MOLLY, DOPPLER and TRAILER routines developed largely by T. R. Marsh is acknowledged.

  19. INTEGRAL Long-Term Monitoring of the Supergiant Fast X-Ray Transient XTE J1739-302

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    Blay, P.; Martinez-Nunez, S.; Negueruela, I.; Pottschmidt, K.; Smith, D. M.; Torrejon, J. M.; Reig, P.; Kretschmar, P.; Kreykenbohm, I.

    2008-01-01

    Context. In the past few years, a new class of High Mass X-Ray Binaries (HMXRB) has been claimed to exist, the Supergiant Fast X-ray Transients (SFXT). These are X-ray binary systems with a compact companion orbiting a supergiant star which show very short and bright outbursts in a series of activity periods overimposed on longer quiescent periods. Only very recently the first attempts to model the behaviour of these sources have been published, some of them within the framework of accretion from clumpy stellar winds. Aims. Our goal is to analyze the properties of XTE J1739-302/IGR J17391-3021 within the context of the clumpy structure of the supergiant wind. Methods. We have used INTEGRAL and RXTE/PCA observations in order to obtain broad band (1 - 200 keV) spectra and light curves of XTE J1739-302 and investigate its X-ray spectrum and temporal variability. Results. We have found that XTE J1739-302 follows a much more complex behaviour than expected. Far from presenting a regular variability pattern, XTE J1739-302 shows periods of high, intermediate, and low flaring activity.

  20. Looking into the Theory of Pulsar Accretion: The Case of XTE J1946+274

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    Marcu, Diana Monica; Pottschmidt, Katja; Kühnel, Matthias; Wolff, Michael Thomas; Becker, Peter A.; Müller, Sebastian; Hemphill, Paul Britton; Caballero, Isabel; Finger, Mark H.; Jenke, Peter; Wilson-Hodge, Colleen; Fuerst, Felix; Grinberg, Victoria; Kreykenbohm, Ingo; Klochkov, Dmitry; Rothschild, Richard E.; Terada, Yukikatsu; Enoto, Teruaki; Iwakiri, Wataru; Nakajima, Motoki; Wilms, Joern

    2014-08-01

    XTE J1946+274 is a transient accreting pulsar with a Be companion and a Cyclotron Resonance Scattering Feature (CRSF). It has been observed during several outbursts, with multiple instruments, and over a large range of luminosities. We extend previous studies to low flux using a Suzaku observation from the end of an outburst. This study focuses on the relationship between the cyclotron line energy and X-ray luminosity, which is believed to be linked to the physical processes occurring in the CRSF forming region. The physics of pulsar accretion, i.e., the process of plasma flow onto the neutron star surface, can be further constrained from its spectral properties. To this end, we discuss a new implementation of the physical continuum model developed by Becker and Wolff (2007, ApJ 654, 435). The model comprises Comptonized black body, bremsstrahlung, and cyclotron emission. We discuss preliminary results of applying the new tool to the test case of XTE J1946+274. We are working towards making this pulsar continuum model available in Xspec.

  1. Phonon Density of States and Heat Capacity of La$_{3-x}$Te$_4$

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    Delaire, Olivier A; May, Andrew F.; McGuire, Michael A; Porter, Wallace D; Lucas,; Stone, Matthew B; Abernathy, Douglas L; Snyder, G. J.

    2009-01-01

    The phonon density of states (DOS) of La$_{3-x}$Te$_4$ compounds ($x=0.0, 0.18, 0.32$) was measured at 300, 520, and 780$\\,$K, using inelastic neutron scattering. A significant stiffening of the phonon DOS, and a large broadening of features were observed upon introduction of vacancies on La sites (increasing $x$). Heat capacity measurements were performed at temperatures $~1.85 \\leqslant T \\leqslant 1200 \\,$K, and were analyzed to quantify the contributions of phonons and electrons. The Debye temperature and the electronic coefficient of heat capacity determined from these measurements are consistent with the neutron scattering results, and with previously reported first-principles calculations. Our results indicate that La vacancies in La$_{3-x}$Te$_4$ strongly scatter phonons, and this source of scattering appears to be independent of temperature. The stiffening of the phonon DOS induced by the introduction of vacancies is explained in terms of the electronic structure and the change in bonding. The temperature dependence of the phonon DOS is captured satisfactorily by the quasiharmonic approximation.

  2. Discovery of a Second Millesecond Accreting Pulsar: XTE J1751-305

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    Markwardt, C. B.; Swank, J. H.; Strohmayer, T. E.; intZand, J. J. M.; Marshall, F. E.; White, Nicholas E. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    We report the discovery by the RXTE PCA of a second transient accreting millisecond pulsar, XTE J1751-305, during regular monitoring observations of the galactic bulge region. The pulsar has a spin frequency of 435 Hz, making it one of the fastest pulsars. The pulsations contain the signature of orbital Doppler modulation, which implies an orbital period of 42 minutes, the shortest orbital period of any known radio or X-ray millisecond pulsar. The mass function, f(sub x) = (1.278 +/- 0.003) x 10 (exp -6) solar mass, yields a minimum mass for the companion of between 0.013 and 0.0017 solar mass depending on the mass of the neutron star. No eclipses were detected. A previous X-ray outburst in June, 1998, was discovered in archival All-Sky Monitor data. Assuming mass transfer in this binary system is driven by gravitational radiation, we constrain the orbital inclination to be in the range 30 deg-85 deg and the companion mass to be 0.013-0.035 solar mass. The companion is most likely a heated helium dwarf. We also present results from the Chandra HRC-S observations which provide the best known position of XTE J1751-305.

  3. The variable spin-down rate of the transient magnetar XTE J1810-197

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    Pintore, Fabio; Bernardini, Federico; Mereghetti, Sandro; Esposito, Paolo; Turolla, Roberto; Rea, Nanda; Coti Zelati, Francesco; Israel, Gian Luca; Tiengo, Andrea; Zane, Silvia

    2016-05-01

    We have analysed XMM-Newton and Chandra observations of the transient magnetar XTE J1810-197 spanning more than 11 yr, from the initial phases of the 2003 outburst to the current quiescent level. We investigated the evolution of the pulsar spin period and we found evidence for two distinct regimes: during the outburst decay, dot{ν } was highly variable in the range -(2-4.5) × 10-13 Hz s-1, while during quiescence the spin-down rate was more stable at an average value of -1 × 10-13 Hz s-1. Only during ˜3000 d (from MJD 54165 to MJD 56908) in the quiescent stage it was possible to find a phase-connected timing solution, with dot{ν }=-4.9× 10^{-14} Hz s-1, and a positive second frequency derivative, ddot{ν }=1.8× 10^{-22} Hz s-2. These results are in agreement with the behaviour expected if the outburst of XTE J1810-197 was due to a strong magnetospheric twist.

  4. The Reawakening of the Sleeping X-ray Pulsar XTE J1946+274

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    Mueller, Sebastian; Mueller, Sebastian; Kuechnel, Matthias; Fuerst, Felix; Kreykenbohm, Ingo; Sagredo, Macarena; Obst, Maria; Wilms, Joern; Caballero, Isabel; Potttschmidt, Katja; Ferrigno, Carlo; Rothschild, Richard E.

    2012-01-01

    We report on a series of outbursts of the high mass X-ray binary XTE 11946+274 in 2010/2011 as observed with INTEGRAL, RXTE, and Swift. We discuss possible mechanisms resulting in the extraordinary outburst behavior of this source. The X-ray spectra can be described by standard phenomenological models, enhanced by an absorption feature of unknown origin at about 10 keV and a narrow iron K alpha fluorescence line at 6.4keV, which are variable in flux and pulse phase. We find possible evidence for the presence of a cyclotron resonance scattering feature at about 25 keV at the 93% level. The presence of a strong cyclotron line at 35 keV seen in data from the source's 1998 outburst and confirmed by a reanalysis of these data can be excluded. This result indicates that the cyclotron line feature in XTE 11946+274 is variable between individual outbursts.

  5. Doppler tomography of XTE J1118+480 revealing chromospheric emission from the secondary star

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    Zurita, C.; González Hernández, J. I.; Escorza, A.; Casares, J.

    2016-08-01

    Doppler tomography of emission lines in low-mass X-ray binaries allows us to investigate the structure and variability of the accretion discs as well as possible activity arising from the secondary stars. We present Doppler maps of the black hole binary XTE J1118+480 from spectra obtained using OSIRIS@GTC during quiescence on four different nights in 2011 and 2012. Doppler imaging of the Hα line shows, for the first time, a narrow component from the secondary star with observed equivalent widths varying in the range 1.2-2.9 Å but not correlated with the veiling of the accretion disc. The Hα flux of the secondary star is too large to be powered by X-ray irradiation, supporting chromospheric activity, possibly induced by rapid rotation, as the most likely origin of this feature in the black hole X-ray binary XTE J1118+480. In addition, we detect variations in the centroid of the Hα line on nightly basis. These are likely caused by a precessing accretion disc, although with a much lower amplitude (˜50 km s-1) than previously observed.

  6. Doppler tomography of XTE J1118+480 revealing chromospheric emission from the secondary star

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    Zurita, C.; González Hernández, J. I.; Escorza, A.; Casares, J.

    2016-05-01

    Doppler tomography of emission lines in low-mass X-ray binaries allows us to investigate the structure and variability of the accretion disks as well as possible activity arising from the secondary stars. We present Doppler maps of the black hole binary XTE J1118+480 from spectra obtained using OSIRIS@GTC during quiescence on four different nights in 2011 and 2012. Doppler imaging of the Hα line shows, for the first time, a narrow component from the secondary star with observed equivalent widths varying in the range 1.2-2.9 Å but not correlated with the veiling of the accretion disc. The Hα flux of the secondary star is too large to be powered by X-ray irradiation, supporting chromospheric activity, possibly induced by rapid rotation, as the most likely origin of this feature in the black hole X-ray binary XTE J1118+480. In addition, we detect variations in the centroid of the Hα line on nightly basis. These are likely caused by a precessing accretion disc, although with a much lower amplitude (˜50 km/s) than previously observed.

  7. CORRELATIONS IN HORIZONTAL BRANCH OSCILLATIONS AND BREAK COMPONENTS IN XTE J1701-462 AND GX 17+2

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    Bu, Qing-cui; Chen, Li; Zhang, Liang; Li, Zhao-sheng; Qu, Jin-lu; Belloni, T. M. E-mail: chenli@bnu.edu.cn E-mail: tomaso.belloni@brera.inaf.it

    2015-01-20

    We studied the horizontal branch oscillations (HBO) and the band-limited components observed in the power spectra of the transient neutron star low-mass X-ray binary XTE J1701-462 and the persistent ''Sco-like'' Z source GX 17+2. These two components were studied based on the state-resolved spectra. We found that the frequencies of XTE J1701-462 lie on the known correlations (WK and PBK), showing consistency with other types of X-ray binaries (black holes, atoll sources, and millisecond X-ray pulsars). However, GX 17+2 is shifted from the WK correlation like other typical Z sources. We suggest that the WK/PBK main track forms a boundary that separates persistent sources from transient sources. The characteristic frequencies of break and HBO are independent of accretion rate in both sources, though it depends on spectral models. We also report the energy dependence of the HBO and break frequencies in XTE J1701-462 and how the temporal properties change with spectral state in XTE J1701-462 and GX 17+2. We studied the correlation between rms at the break and the HBO frequency. We suggest that HBO and break components for both sources probably arise from a similar physical mechanism: Comptonization emission from the corona. These two components could be caused by the same kind of oscillation in a corona with uneven density, and they could be generated from different areas of the corona. We further suggest that different proportions of the Comptonization component in the total flux cause the different distribution between GX 17+2 and XTE J1701-462 in the rms{sub break}-rms{sub HBO} diagram.

  8. Correlations in Horizontal Branch Oscillations and Break Components in XTE J1701-462 and GX 17+2

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    Bu, Qing-cui; Chen, Li; Li, Zhao-sheng; Qu, Jin-lu; Belloni, T. M.; Zhang, Liang

    2015-01-01

    We studied the horizontal branch oscillations (HBO) and the band-limited components observed in the power spectra of the transient neutron star low-mass X-ray binary XTE J1701-462 and the persistent "Sco-like" Z source GX 17+2. These two components were studied based on the state-resolved spectra. We found that the frequencies of XTE J1701-462 lie on the known correlations (WK and PBK), showing consistency with other types of X-ray binaries (black holes, atoll sources, and millisecond X-ray pulsars). However, GX 17+2 is shifted from the WK correlation like other typical Z sources. We suggest that the WK/PBK main track forms a boundary that separates persistent sources from transient sources. The characteristic frequencies of break and HBO are independent of accretion rate in both sources, though it depends on spectral models. We also report the energy dependence of the HBO and break frequencies in XTE J1701-462 and how the temporal properties change with spectral state in XTE J1701-462 and GX 17+2. We studied the correlation between rms at the break and the HBO frequency. We suggest that HBO and break components for both sources probably arise from a similar physical mechanism: Comptonization emission from the corona. These two components could be caused by the same kind of oscillation in a corona with uneven density, and they could be generated from different areas of the corona. We further suggest that different proportions of the Comptonization component in the total flux cause the different distribution between GX 17+2 and XTE J1701-462 in the rmsbreak-rmsHBO diagram.

  9. Infrared study of H 1743-322 in outburst: a radio-quiet and NIR-dim microquasar

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    Chaty, S.; Muñoz Arjonilla, A. J.; Dubus, G.

    2015-05-01

    Context. Microquasars are accreting Galactic sources that are commonly observed to launch relativistic jets. One of the most important issues regarding these sources is the energy budget of ejections relative to the accretion of matter. Aims: The X-ray binary, black hole candidate, and microquasar H 1743-322 exhibited a series of X-ray outbursts between 2003 and 2008. We took optical and near-infrared (OIR) observations with the ESO/NTT telescope during three of these outbursts (2003, 2004, and 2008). The goals of these observations were to investigate the presence of a jet, and to disentangle the various contributions constituting the spectral energy distribution (SED): accretion, ejection, and stellar emission. Methods: Photometric and spectroscopic OIR observations allowed us to produce a high time-resolution lightcurve in Ks-band, to analyze emission lines present in the IR spectra, to construct a multiwavelength SED including radio, IR, and X-ray data, and to complete the OIR vs. X-ray correlation of black hole binaries with H 1743-322 data points. Results: We detect rapid flares of duration ~5 min in the high time-resolution IR lightcurve. We identify hydrogen and helium emission lines in the IR spectra, coming from the accretion disk. The IR SED exhibits the spectral index typically associated with the X-ray high, soft state in our observations taken during the 2003 and 2004 outbursts, while the index changes to one that is typical of the X-ray low, hard state during the 2008 outburst. During this last outburst, we detected a change of slope in the NIR spectrum between the J and Ks bands, where the JH part is characteristic of an optically thick disk emission, while the HKs part is typical of optically thin synchrotron emission. Furthermore, the comparison of our IR data with radio and X-ray data shows that H 1743-322 exhibits a faint jet both in radio and NIR domains. Finally, we suggest that the companion star is a late-type main sequence star located in

  10. Tuning the composition of ternary Bi2Se3xTe3(1-x) nanoplates and their Raman scattering investigations

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    Wu, Peng; Chen, Haiping; Yang, Chao; Gan, Wei; Muhammad, Zahir; Song, Li

    2016-07-01

    We present the composition engineering and Raman scattering study of Bi2Se3xTe3(1-x) nanoplates that were synthesized by chemical vapor deposition method using different substrates, including fluorophlogopite mica, SiO2/Si. The characterizations revealed high crystallinity and layered-structure in the ternary Bi2Se3xTe3(1-x) products. Raman spectra of Bi2Se3xTe3(1-x) ranging from 80-200 cm-1 as a function of different Se-doping levels shows that intrinsic Raman peaks of Bi2Se3xTe3(1-x) nanoplates shift to higher frequency as the ratio of doped-Se increasing. The discontinuity of Raman peaks was found and discussed.

  11. A 300-parsec-long jet-inflated bubble around a powerful microquasar in the galaxy NGC 7793.

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    Pakull, Manfred W; Soria, Roberto; Motch, Christian

    2010-07-01

    Black-hole accretion states near or above the Eddington luminosity (the point at which radiation force outwards overcomes gravity) are still poorly known because of the rarity of such sources. Ultraluminous X-ray sources are the most luminous class of black hole (L(X) approximately 10(40) erg s(-1)) located outside the nuclei of active galaxies. They are likely to be accreting at super-Eddington rates, if they are powered by black holes with masses less than 100 solar masses. They are often associated with shock-ionized nebulae, though with no evidence of collimated jets. Microquasars with steady jets are much less luminous. Here we report that the large nebula S26 (ref. 4) in the nearby galaxy NGC 7793 is powered by a black hole with a pair of collimated jets. It is similar to the famous Galactic source SS433 (ref. 5), but twice as large and a few times more powerful. We determine a mechanical power of around a few 10(40) erg s(-1). The jets therefore seem 10(4) times more energetic than the X-ray emission from the core. S26 has the structure of a Fanaroff-Riley type II (FRII-type) active galaxy: X-ray and optical core, X-ray hot spots, radio lobes and an optical and X-ray cocoon. It is a microquasar where most of the jet power is dissipated in thermal particles in the lobes rather than relativistic electrons. PMID:20613836

  12. The effects of the stellar wind and orbital motion on the jets of high-mass microquasars

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    Bosch-Ramon, V.; Barkov, M. V.

    2016-05-01

    Context. High-mass microquasar jets propagate under the effect of the wind from the companion star, and the orbital motion of the binary system. The stellar wind and the orbit may be dominant factors determining the jet properties beyond the binary scales. Aims: This is an analytical study, performed to characterise the effects of the stellar wind and the orbital motion on the jet properties. Methods: Accounting for the wind thrust transferred to the jet, we derive analytical estimates to characterise the jet evolution under the impact of the stellar wind. We include the Coriolis force effect, induced by orbital motion and enhanced by the wind's presence. Large-scale evolution of the jet is sketched, accounting for wind-to-jet thrust transfer, total energy conservation, and wind-jet flow mixing. Results: If the angle of the wind-induced jet bending is larger than its half-opening angle, the following is expected: (i) a strong recollimation shock; (ii) bending against orbital motion, caused by Coriolis forces and enhanced by the wind presence; and (iii) non-ballistic helical propagation further away. Even if disrupted, the jet can re-accelerate due to ambient pressure gradients, but wind entrainment can weaken this acceleration. On large scales, the opening angle of the helical structure is determined by the wind-jet thrust relation, and the wind-loaded jet flow can be rather slow. Conclusions: The impact of stellar winds on high-mass microquasar jets can yield non-ballistic helical jet trajectories, jet partial disruption and wind mixing, shocks, and possibly non-thermal emission. Among other observational diagnostics, such as radiation variability at any band, the radio morphology on milliarcsecond scales can be informative on the wind-jet interaction.

  13. Low- and high-frequency variability as a function of spectral properties in the bright X-ray binary GX 5-1

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    Jonker, P. G.; van der Klis, M.; Homan, J.; Méndez, M.; Lewin, W. H. G.; Wijnands, R.; Zhang, W.

    2002-07-01

    We report on a detailed analysis of data obtained over nearly four years with the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer of the Z source GX 5-1. From a spectral analysis using a hardness-intensity diagram it was found that the source traced out the typical Z-shaped pattern. The study of the power spectral properties showed that when the source moved on the horizontal branch towards the normal branch the fractional rms amplitudes and time-scales of all variability decreased, while their FWHMs increased. The frequency separation of the two kHz QPO peaks decreased from 344+/-12 to 232+/-13Hz, while the frequency of the lower and upper kHz QPO increased from 172+/-10 to 608+/-6Hz and from 516+/-10 to 840+/-12Hz, respectively. At low frequencies, besides the horizontal branch oscillation (HBO) and its second harmonic, two additional broad Lorentzian components were needed to obtain acceptable fits. These broad Lorentzians have Q-values of ~1-2 and frequencies 0.5 and 1.5 times the HBO frequency. When interpreted as being related to the HBO, they seem to favour disc models for the HBO over the magnetic beat-frequency model. The frequency of the normal branch oscillations changed slightly and non-monotonically, while on the normal branch between ~6Hz at both ends and 5.25+/-0.05Hz near the middle of the branch. It evolved into a flat-topped noise component on the flaring branch. We compared the timing properties of the some of the Z sources. We also compare the timing properties and colour-colour diagrams (CDs) of GX 5-1 with those of the back hole candidate XTE J1550-564 and the atoll source 4U 1608-52. The CDs are strikingly similar when a colour scheme commonly employed in back hole studies is used. However, this may be a degeneracy as the CDs turn out to be more complicated when colours common in neutron star studies are employed. Apart from some remarkable similarities between the CD of XTE J1550-564 and that of 4U 1608-52, several differences can be seen between these CDs and

  14. A versatile 50 ft-lb-sec reaction wheel for TRMM and XTE missions

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    Bialke, Bill

    A 50 ft-lb-sec Reaction Wheel is being manufactured by ITHACO, Inc. for NASA's X-ray Timing Explorer (XTE) and Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) missions, using the same mechanical assemblies as a similar Reaction Wheel developed by ITHACO for the Air Force's Advanced Research and Global Observation Satellite (ARGOS) (P91-1) mission. The versatile design allows variation in motor torque and speed capability with no mechanical modifications. State of the art ball bearing technology is combined with flight proven materials and conventional fabrication techniques to produce a relaible and manufacturable wheel assembly. An ironless armature brushless DC motor is incorporated for high efficiency and minimum weight. Comprehensive tradeoff analyses from the Reaction Wheel development are discussed for each component, and performance characteristics are presented for design variations from a high torque Reaction Wheel used in a three axis stabilized spacecraft to a low torque Momentum Wheel used in a momentum biased attitude Control System.

  15. NIR Imaging of the Candidate Black Hole Transient XTE J1652-453

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    Reynolds, Mark; Callanan, Paul; Nagayama, Takahiro

    2009-07-01

    We obtained a series of 300s exposures in the J, H & K' bands of the field of the candidate black hole transient XTE J1652-453 (ATEL #2107) using the Sirius simultaneous 3 channel NIR imager mounted on the Infrared Survey Facility 1.4m telescope at SAAO. Within the Swift error circle (ATEL #2120), there are at least two objects visible in the K' image (see chart): Star A: 16 52 20.4 -45 20 38.4, K' = 17.0 +/- 0.3 and the other at Star B: 16 52 20.3 -45 20 39.9, K' = 16.9 +/- 0.3 where the positional error is 0.5''.

  16. Analysis of Cd{sub 1{minus}x}Zn{sub x}Te microstructure

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    Heffelfinger, J.R.; Medlin, D.L.; Yoon, H.; James, R.B.

    1997-08-01

    The microstructure and chemical inhomogeneities of commercially available Cd{sub 1{minus}x}Zn{sub x}Te (CZT) have been evaluated using electron microscopy and microanalytical techniques. Since imperfections, such as inclusions, cracks and extended crystallographic defects are known to affect the performance of CZT gamma-ray spectrometers, understanding the nature and origins of such imperfections is vital to the improvement of device performance. CZT that is grown using a high-pressure Bridgeman method has a polycrystalline microstructure that contains numerous grain boundaries, twins and inclusions. In this study, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray energy-dispersive spectroscopy were used to analyze inclusions and cracks inside CZT material. Such analysis found regions of material rich in C, O, Si, Zn and Te. Transmission electron microscopy revealed small subgrains and thin platelets of a second phase material located inside the large-grain CZT matrix. Details of these microstructural features and their possible origins are discussed.

  17. Gamma-ray polarization in accreting black holes: the case of XTE J1118+480

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    Vieyro, Florencia; Chaty, Sylvain; Romero, Gustavo E.

    2016-07-01

    Several black hole binaries (BHBs) present persistent soft gamma-ray emission (up to E ˜MeV). Although different models have been proposed to explain the origin of this component (non-thermal corona, relativistic jets), its nature still remains unknown. The detection of strong polarization at high-energies in the well-studied system Cygnus X-1 provides new constraints on the emitting region of the radiation. In this work we study the case of the BHB XTE J1118+480, a transient source that has been observed during two outbursts. In both cases multiwavelenght observations could be obtained because of the privileged location of the source, which implies low interstellar absorption. We apply a non-thermal lepto-hadronic coronal model to reproduce the X/γ-ray emission of this BHB during its outburts, and study the polarization of high-energy radiation expected for future episodes.

  18. SUBARCSECOND LOCATION OF IGR J17480-2446 WITH ROSSI XTE

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    Riggio, A.; Burderi, L.; Egron, E.; Di Salvo, T.; D'Ai, A.; Iaria, R.; Robba, N. R.; Papitto, A.; Belloni, T.; Motta, S.; Floris, M.; Testa, V.; Menna, M. T.

    2012-07-20

    On 2010 October 13, the X-ray astronomical satellite Rossi XTE, during the observation of the newly discovered accretion powered X-ray pulsar IGR J17480-2446, detected a lunar occultation of the source. From knowledge of the lunar topography and Earth, Moon, and spacecraft ephemerides at the epoch of the event, we determined the source position with an accuracy of 40 mas (1{sigma} c.l.), which is interesting, given the very poor imaging capabilities of RXTE ({approx}1 Degree-Sign ). For the first time, using a non-imaging X-ray observatory, the position of an X-ray source with a subarcsecond accuracy is derived, demonstrating the neat capabilities of a technique that can be fruitfully applied to current and future X-ray missions.

  19. Ultrafast Exciton Dynamics in CdxHg(1-x)Te alloy Quantum Dots

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    Leontiadou, Marina A.; Al-Otaify, Ali; Kershaw, Stephen V.; Zhovtiuk, Olga; Kalytchuk, Sergii; Mott, Derrick; Maenosono, Shinya; Rogach, Andrey L.; Binks, David J.

    2016-05-01

    Ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy is used to investigate sub-nanosecond exciton dynamics in CdxHg(1-x)Te alloy colloidal quantum dots. A bleach was observed at the band gap due to state-filling, the mono-exponential decay of which had a characteristic lifetime of 91 ± 1 ps and was attributed to biexciton recombination; no evidence of surface-related trapping was observed. The rise time of the bleach, which is determined by the rate at which hot electrons cool to the band-edge, ranged between 1 and 5 ps depending on the pump photon energy. Measuring the magnitude of the bleach decay for different pump fluences and wavelengths allowed the quantum yield of multiple exciton generation to be determined, and was 115 ± 1% for pump photons with energy equivalent to 2.6 times the band gap.

  20. Joint BeppoSAX/RossiXTE Observation of Cygnus X-2

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    Piraino, S.; Santangelo, A.; Kaaret, P.

    2001-09-01

    We report on a joint BeppoSAX/RossiXTe observation of the Z-type low mass X-ray binary Cygnus X-2. The source was in the so-called high overall intensity state and in less than 24 hours went through all three branches of the Z-track. The continuum X-ray spectrum could be described by the absorbed sum of a soft thermal component and a Comptonized component. The timing power spectrum showed several components including QPO in the ranges 28-50 Hz while the source was on the horizontal branch (HBO). We found that the HBO frequency was well correlated with the parameters of soft thermal component in the X-ray spectrum.

  1. The formation of thermally evaporated stable Schottky barriers on p-ZnxPb(1-x)Te thin films

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    Khairnar, U. P.; Jadhav, S. R.

    2013-06-01

    Metal-semiconductor contacts are drawing increasing attention due to their potential for applications in devices and integrated circuits. Experimentally, lower barrier heights have been reported more often for metallic contacts on p-type semiconductors. Here we report our results regarding barrier heights of Ag/Au on p-ZnxPb(1-x)Te. The barrier heights can be perceived using data on the interface reaction and the phase formation in direct contacts with ZnxPb(1-x)Te. In such contacts which are normally thought to be responsible for the observation of low barrier heights on p-type semiconductor. Thermally stable Ag/Au-contacts with a barrier height of 0.56 eV were produced.

  2. Ion-implantation-induced damage and resonant levels in Pb/sub 1-x/Sn/sub x/Te

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    Gresslehner, K.H.; Palmetshofer, L.

    1980-09-01

    The dependence of the carrier concentration on the implantation dose and on the temperature was investigated in ion-implanted thin films of Pb/sub 1-x/Sn/sub x/Te (0< or =x<0.1). By assuming a twofold defect level in the conduction band we are able to fit the experimental results. With increasing tin content the energy of the defect level shifts towards the conduction-band edge. By extending the results to SnTe a general model for the understanding of the electrical properties of ion-implanted Pb/sub 1-x/Sn/sub x/Te (0< or =x< or =1) is suggested.

  3. Chemical analysis of anodic oxide layers based on Hg/sub 1-x/Cd/sub x/Te

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    Korsak, T.E.

    1987-02-01

    The goal of this work is to study the application of the photometric method in analyzing the composition of Hg/sub 1-x/Cd/sub x/Te solid solution anodic oxide with high accuracy and without preliminary separation of the elements. In order to determine cadmium content, a photometric measurement on a complex of this element with xylenol orange was used. Mercury concentration was determined using an extraction photometric method based on benzene extraction of chloride complexes of mercury anions with crystal violet. Tellurium content was determined by extraction with dichloroethane of bromide complexes of tellurium with diantipyrylpropylmethane. The authors synthesized diantipyrylpropylmethane as described. They studied single crystal Hg/sub 1-x/Cd/sub x/Te samples of random orientation with x = 0.2 and n-type conductivity.

  4. Disentangling the NIR/optical emission of the black hole XTE J1650-500 during outburst

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    Curran, P. A.; Chaty, S.; Zurita Heras, J. A.

    2012-11-01

    Context. While the sources of X-ray and radio emission in the different states of low-mass X-ray binaries are relatively well understood, the origin of the near-infrared (NIR) and optical emission is more often debated. It is likely that the NIR/optical flux originates from an amalgam of different emission regions, because it occurs at the intersecting wavelengths of multiple processes. Aims: We aim to identify the NIR/optical emission region(s) of one such low-mass X-ray binary and black hole candidate, XTE J1650-500, via photometric, timing, and spectral analyses. Methods: We present unique NIR/optical images and spectra, obtained with the ESO-New Technology Telescope, during the peak of the 2001 outburst of XTE J1650-500. Results: The data suggest that the NIR/optical flux is due to a combination of emission mechanisms including a significant contribution from X-ray reprocessing and, at early times in the hard state, a relativistic jet that is NIR/radio dim compared to similar sources. Conclusions: The jet of XTE J1650-500 is relatively weak compared to that of other black hole low-mass X-ray binaries, possibly because we observe as it is being "turned off" or quenched at the state transition. While there are several outliers to the radio-X-ray correlation of the hard state of low-mass X-ray binaries, XTE J1650-500 is the first example of an outlier to the NIR/optical-X-ray correlation. Based on observations made with the European Southern Observatory telescopes obtained from the ESO/ST-ECF Science Archive Facility.

  5. INTEGRAL measures the hard X-ray spectrum of the Be/X-ray binary XTE J1859+083

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    Malyshev, D.; Gotz, C. Ferrigno D.

    2015-04-01

    During the INTEGRAL observations performed from 2015 April 17, 19:47 to April 19, 20:01 UTC, the IBIS/ISGRI instrument detected a highly significant signal from a transient source, positionally coincident with the Be/X-ray pulsar XTE J1859+083 (ra, dec) = (284.78 ; 8.25) , which is reported to be in outburst since 2015-02-08 (ATeL #7034).

  6. The black hole candidate XTE J1752-223 towards and in quiescence: optical and simultaneous X-ray-radio observations

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    Ratti, E. M.; Jonker, P. G.; Miller-Jones, J. C. A.; Torres, M. A. P.; Homan, J.; Markoff, S.; Tomsick, J. A.; Kaaret, P.; Wijnands, R.; Gallo, E.; Özel, F.; Steeghs, D. T. H.; Fender, R. P.

    2012-07-01

    We present optical, X-ray and radio observations of the black hole transient (BHT) XTE J1752-223 towards and in quiescence. Optical photometry shows that the quiescent magnitude of XTE J1752-223 is fainter than 24.4 mag in the i' band. A comparison with measurements of the source during its 2009-2010 outburst shows that the outburst amplitude is more than 8 mag in the i' band. Known X-ray properties of the source combined with the faintness of the quiescence optical counterpart and the large outburst optical amplitude point towards a short orbital-period system (Porb≲ 6.8 h) with an M type (or later) mass donor, at a distance of 3.5 ≲d≲ 8 kpc. Simultaneous X-ray and radio data were collected with Chandra and the Expanded Very Large Array (EVLA), allowing constraints to be placed on the quiescent X-ray and radio flux of XTE J1752-223. Furthermore, using data covering the final stage of the outburst decay, we investigated the low-luminosity end of the X-ray-radio correlation for this source and compared it with other BHTs. We found that XTE J1752-223 adds to the number of outliers with respect to the 'standard' X-ray-radio luminosity relation. Furthermore, XTE J1752-223 is the second source, after the BHT H1743-322, that shows a transition from the region of the outliers towards the 'standard' correlation at low luminosity. Finally, we report on a faint, variable X-ray source we discovered with Chandra at an angular distance of ˜2.9 arcsec to XTE J1752-223 and at a position angle consistent with that of the radio jets previously observed from the BHT. We discuss the possibility that we detected X-ray emission associated with a jet from XTE J1752-223.

  7. Optical second-harmonic imaging of Pb{sub x}Cd{sub 1-x}Te ternary alloys

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    Scheidt, T.; Rohwer, E.G.; Bergmann, H.M. von; Saucedo, E.; Dieguez, E.; Fornaro, L.; Stafast, H.

    2005-05-15

    We employ femtosecond laser pulses (80 fs, 1.59 eV, and 80 MHz) to study the optical second-harmonic (SH) response of Pb{sub x}Cd{sub 1-x}Te ternary alloys (x about 0.2) grown by the vertical Bridgman method. The alloy segregates into a Pb-rich and a Cd-rich phase, the latter dominating the SH response of the ternary alloy by at least two orders of magnitude. Several sample regions show a regular layer-by-layer accommodation of the Pb-rich and Cd-rich phases as seen by a periodic alternation of the alloy's SH response on a {approx}10-{mu}m length scale. Furthermore, we employ polarization-resolved SH imaging as well as SH imaging at different azimuthal angles to obtain spatially resolved mappings of the sample, which are sensitive to the composition as well as the growth orientation of the Pb{sub x}Cd{sub 1-x}Te material system. We observe an azimuthal phase shift of approximately 30 deg. between coherent macroscopic regions (several mm{sup 2}) in the Cd-rich phase of the ternary alloy. We interpret these regions as large area crystalline grains of (111) and (411) crystal orientations and approximately equal composition. Hence, SH imaging is shown to spatially resolve regions of different growth directions within the Pb{sub x}Cd{sub 1-x}Te sample.

  8. Structural and chemical analysis of grain boundaries and tellurium precipitates in commercial Cd{sub 1{minus}x}Zn{sub x}Te

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    Heffelfinger, J.R.; Medlin, D.L.; James, R.B.

    1998-06-01

    The structure and chemistry of grain boundaries in commercial Cd{sub 1{minus}x}Zn{sub x}Te, prepared by the high-pressure Bridgman technique, have been analyzed using transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, infrared-light microscopy and visible-light microscopy. These analyses show that the grain boundaries inside the Cd{sub 1{minus}x}Zn{sub x}Te materials are decorated with tellurium precipitates. Analysis of a tellurium precipitate at a grain boundary by transmission electron microscopy and selected-area electron diffraction found the precipitate to consist of a single, saucer-shaped grain. Electron diffraction from the precipitate was consistent with the trigonal phase of tellurium (space group P3{sub 1}21), which is the equilibrium phase at room temperature and atmospheric pressure. This precipitate was found to be aligned with one of the adjacent CZT grains such that the tellurium (0{bar 1}11) planes were nearly parallel to the CZT (111) planes. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy of the Te/Cd{sub 1{minus}x}Zn{sub x}Te interface showed no tertiary phase at the interface. The structures of the grain boundaries and the Te/Cd{sub 1{minus}x}Zn{sub x}Te interface are discussed and related to their possible implications on Cd{sub 1{minus}x}Zn{sub x}Te gamma-ray detector performance.

  9. Fermi arc electronic structure and Chern numbers in the type-II Weyl semimetal candidate MoxW1 -xTe2

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    Belopolski, Ilya; Xu, Su-Yang; Ishida, Yukiaki; Pan, Xingchen; Yu, Peng; Sanchez, Daniel S.; Zheng, Hao; Neupane, Madhab; Alidoust, Nasser; Chang, Guoqing; Chang, Tay-Rong; Wu, Yun; Bian, Guang; Huang, Shin-Ming; Lee, Chi-Cheng; Mou, Daixiang; Huang, Lunan; Song, You; Wang, Baigeng; Wang, Guanghou; Yeh, Yao-Wen; Yao, Nan; Rault, Julien E.; Le Fèvre, Patrick; Bertran, François; Jeng, Horng-Tay; Kondo, Takeshi; Kaminski, Adam; Lin, Hsin; Liu, Zheng; Song, Fengqi; Shin, Shik; Hasan, M. Zahid

    2016-08-01

    It has recently been proposed that electronic band structures in crystals can give rise to a previously overlooked type of Weyl fermion, which violates Lorentz invariance and, consequently, is forbidden in particle physics. It was further predicted that MoxW1 -xTe2 may realize such a type-II Weyl fermion. Here, we first show theoretically that it is crucial to access the band structure above the Fermi level ɛF to show a Weyl semimetal in MoxW1 -xTe2 . Then, we study MoxW1 -xTe2 by pump-probe ARPES and we directly access the band structure >0.2 eV above ɛF in experiment. By comparing our results with ab initio calculations, we conclude that we directly observe the surface state containing the topological Fermi arc. We propose that a future study of MoxW1 -xTe2 by pump-probe ARPES may directly pinpoint the Fermi arc. Our work sets the stage for the experimental discovery of the first type-II Weyl semimetal in MoxW1 -xTe2 .

  10. Radio Disappearance of the Magnetar XTE J1810-197 and Continued X-ray Timing

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    Camilo, F.; Ransom, S. M.; Halpern, J. P.; Alford, J. A. J.; Cognard, I.; Reynolds, J. E.; Johnston, S.; Sarkissian, J.; van Straten, W.

    2016-04-01

    We report on timing, flux density, and polarimetric observations of the transient magnetar and 5.54 s radio pulsar XTE J1810-197 using the Green Bank, Nançay, and Parkes radio telescopes beginning in early 2006, until its sudden disappearance as a radio source in late 2008. Repeated observations through 2016 have not detected radio pulsations again. The torque on the neutron star, as inferred from its rotation frequency derivative \\dot{ν }, decreased in an unsteady manner by a factor of three in the first year of radio monitoring, until approximately mid-2007. By contrast, during its final year as a detectable radio source, the torque decreased steadily by only 9%. The period-averaged flux density, after decreasing by a factor of 20 during the first 10 months of radio monitoring, remained relatively steady in the next 22 months, at an average of 0.7 ± 0.3 mJy at 1.4 GHz, while still showing day-to-day fluctuations by factors of a few. There is evidence that during this last phase of radio activity the magnetar had a steep radio spectrum, in contrast to earlier flat-spectrum behavior. No secular decrease presaged its radio demise. During this time, the pulse profile continued to display large variations; polarimetry, including of a new profile component, indicates that the magnetic geometry remained consistent with that of earlier times. We supplement these results with X-ray timing of the pulsar from its outburst in 2003 up to 2014. For the first 4 years, XTE J1810-197 experienced non-monotonic excursions in frequency derivative by at least a factor of eight. But since 2007, its \\dot{ν } has remained relatively stable near its minimum observed value. The only apparent event in the X-ray record that is possibly contemporaneous with the radio shutdown is a decrease of ≈20% in the hot-spot flux in 2008-2009, to a stable, minimum value. However, the permanence of the high-amplitude, thermal X-ray pulse, even after the (unexplained) radio demise, implies

  11. Modification of band gap in surface layer in Cd 1-xZn xTe by YAG:Nd +3 laser radiation

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    Medvid, Artur; Fedorenko, Leonid L.; Korbutjak, Dmytro V.; Kryluk, Sergiy G.; Yusupov, Mikola M.; Mychko, Aleksandr

    2007-02-01

    A mechanism of formation of graded band-gap based on Thermogradient Effect (TGE) is proposed in Cd 1-xZn xTe at irradiation by second harmonic of a Q-switched YAG:Nd laser. According to the effect, the interstitial atoms of Cd (Cd i) in Cd 1-xZn xTe move along the temperature gradient while the Cd vacancies (V Cd) and Zn atoms - in the opposite direction, into the bulk of the semiconductor where temperature is lower. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra studied at 5 K show that concentration of Zn atoms increases due to aggregation of VCd with Zn after laser irradiation. Formation of a graded band-gap in Cd 1-xZn xTe crystal at irradiation by second harmonica of YAG:Nd laser by is shown to be possible.

  12. VLT spectroscopy of XTE J2123-058 during quiescence: the masses of the two components

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    Casares, J.; Dubus, G.; Shahbaz, T.; Zurita, C.; Charles, P. A.

    2002-01-01

    We present Very Large Telescope (VLT) low-resolution spectroscopy of the neutron star X-ray transient XTE J2123-058 during its quiescent state. Our data reveal the presence of a K7V companion which contributes 77 per cent to the total flux at λ6300 and orbits the neutron star at K2=287+/-12kms-1. Contrary to other soft X-ray transients (SXTs), the Hα emission is almost exactly in antiphase with the velocity curve of the optical companion. Using the light-centre technique we obtain K1=140+/-27kms-1 and hence q=K1/K2=M2/M1=0.49+/-0.10. This, combined with a previous determination of the inclination angle (i=73°+/-4°) yields M1=1.55+/-0.31Msolar and M2=0.76+/-0.22Msolar. M2 agrees well with the observed spectral type. Doppler tomography of the Hα emission shows a non-symmetric accretion disc distribution mimicking that seen in SW Sex stars. Although we find a large systemic velocity of - 110+/-8kms-1 this value is consistent with the galactic rotation velocity at the position of J2123-058, and hence a halo origin. The formation scenario of J2123-058 is still unresolved.

  13. On the Nature of XTE J0421+560/CI Cam

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    Belloni, T.; vandenAncker, M.; Dieters, S.; Fender, R.; Fox, D. W.; Kommers, J. M.; Lewin, W. H. G.; VanParadijs, J.

    1999-01-01

    We present the results of the analysis of RXTE, BATSE and optical/IR data of the 1998 outburst of the x-ray transient system XTE J0421+650. The x-ray outburst shows a very fast decay initial e-folding time approximately 0.5 days, slowing down to about 2.3 days). The X ray spectrum in the 2-25 keV band is thermal, softening considerably during decay. Intrinsic absorption is observed, also strongly variable. A strong iron line at around 6.7 keV is observed. No fast time variability is observed (<0.1 rms in the 1-4906 Hz band at peak). The analysis of optical/IR data suggest that the secondary is a b[e] star and place the system at a distance of about 2 kpc. At this distance the 2-25 keV luminosity is about 5 x 10(exp 37) erg/seconds. We compare the properties of this system with those of the Be/NS LMC transient A 0538-66 and suggest that CI cam is of a similar nature. The presence of strong radio emission during outburst indicates that the compact object could be a black hole.

  14. GAMMA-RAY OBSERVATIONS OF THE MICROQUASARS CYGNUS X-1, CYGNUS X-3, GRS 1915+105, AND GX 339–4 WITH THE FERMI LARGE AREA TELESCOPE

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    Bodaghee, Arash; Tomsick, John A.; Pottschmidt, Katja; Rodriguez, Jérôme; Pooley, Guy G.

    2013-10-01

    Detecting gamma-rays from microquasars is a challenging but worthwhile endeavor for understanding particle acceleration and the jet mechanism and for constraining leptonic/hadronic emission models. We present results from a likelihood analysis on timescales of 1 day and 10 days of ∼4 yr worth of gamma-ray observations (0.1-10 GeV) by Fermi-LAT of Cyg X-1, Cyg X-3, GRS 1915+105, and GX 339–4. Our analysis reproduced all but one of the previous gamma-ray outbursts of Cyg X-3 as reported with Fermi or AGILE, plus five new days on which Cyg X-3 is detected at a significance of ∼5σ that are not reported in the literature. In addition, Cyg X-3 is significantly detected on 10 day timescales outside of known gamma-ray flaring epochs, which suggests that persistent gamma-ray emission from Cyg X-3 has been detected for the first time. For Cyg X-1 we find three low-significance excesses (∼3-4σ) on daily timescales that are contemporaneous with gamma-ray flares reported (also at low significance) by AGILE. Two other microquasars, GRS 1915+105 and GX 339–4, are not detected, and we derive 3σ upper limits of 2.3 × 10{sup –8} photons cm{sup –2} s{sup –1} and 1.6 × 10{sup –8} photons cm{sup –2} s{sup –1}, respectively, on the persistent flux in the 0.1-10 GeV range. These results enable us to define a list of the general conditions that are necessary for the detection of gamma-rays from microquasars.

  15. Gamma-ray Observations of the Microquasars Cygnus X-1, Cygnus X-3, GRS 1915+105, and GX 339-4 with Fermi-LAT

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    Bodaghee, Arash; Tomsick, J.; Rodriguez, J.; Pottschmidt, K.; Wilms, J.; Pooley, G. G.

    2013-04-01

    Detecting gamma-rays from microquasars is a challenging but important endeavor for understanding particle acceleration, the jet mechanism, and for testing leptonic/hadronic emission models. In this talk, we present results from a 1-d and 10-d likelihood analysis of ~4 years worth of gamma-ray observations (0.1--10 GeV) by Fermi-LAT of Cyg X-1, Cyg X-3, GRS 1915+105, and GX 339-4. This allowed us to sample a variety of states and transitions in these X-ray bright microquasars. Our analysis reproduced all but one of the previous gamma-ray outbursts of Cyg X-3 as reported with Fermi or AGILE. In addition, there are 5 days on which Cyg X-3 is detected at a significance of ~5σ that are not reported in the literature. We also find evidence for persistent gamma-ray emission from Cyg X-3 which appears to be unrelated to the jets. There are several days on which Cyg X-1 displays low-significance 3--4σ) excesses, two of which are contemporaneous with reported gamma-ray flares detected (also at low significance) by AGILE. For GRS 1915+105 and GX 339-4, we derive 3σ upper limits of 3.9e-6 ph/cm2/s and 4.0e-6 ph/cm2/s, respectively, on the flux in the 0.1--10 GeV range. These results enable us to propose a list of general conditions which appear to be necessary for the detection of gamma-rays from microquasars.

  16. Gamma-Ray Observations of the Microquasars Cygnus X-1, Cygnus X-3, GRS 1915+105, and GX 339-4 with the Fermi Large Area Telescope

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    Bodaghee, Arash; Tomsick, John A.; Pottschmidt, Katja; Rodriguez, Jérôme; Wilms, Jörn; Pooley, Guy G.

    2013-10-01

    Detecting gamma-rays from microquasars is a challenging but worthwhile endeavor for understanding particle acceleration and the jet mechanism and for constraining leptonic/hadronic emission models. We present results from a likelihood analysis on timescales of 1 day and 10 days of ~4 yr worth of gamma-ray observations (0.1-10 GeV) by Fermi-LAT of Cyg X-1, Cyg X-3, GRS 1915+105, and GX 339-4. Our analysis reproduced all but one of the previous gamma-ray outbursts of Cyg X-3 as reported with Fermi or AGILE, plus five new days on which Cyg X-3 is detected at a significance of ~5σ that are not reported in the literature. In addition, Cyg X-3 is significantly detected on 10 day timescales outside of known gamma-ray flaring epochs, which suggests that persistent gamma-ray emission from Cyg X-3 has been detected for the first time. For Cyg X-1 we find three low-significance excesses (~3-4σ) on daily timescales that are contemporaneous with gamma-ray flares reported (also at low significance) by AGILE. Two other microquasars, GRS 1915+105 and GX 339-4, are not detected, and we derive 3σ upper limits of 2.3 × 10-8 photons cm-2 s-1 and 1.6 × 10-8 photons cm-2 s-1, respectively, on the persistent flux in the 0.1-10 GeV range. These results enable us to define a list of the general conditions that are necessary for the detection of gamma-rays from microquasars.

  17. ON THE NATURE OF QUASI-PERIODIC OSCILLATION PHASE LAGS IN BLACK HOLE CANDIDATES

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    Shaposhnikov, Nikolai E-mail: lev@milkyway.gsfc.nasa.gov

    2012-06-20

    Observations of quasi-periodic oscillations (QPOs) in X-ray binaries hold a key to understanding many aspects of these enigmatic systems. Complex appearance of the Fourier phase lags related to QPOs is one of the most puzzling observational effects in accreting black holes (BHs). In this Letter we show that QPO properties, including phase lags, can be explained in a framework of a simple scenario, where the oscillating media provide feedback on the emerging spectrum. We demonstrate that the QPO waveform is presented by the product of a perturbation and time-delayed response factors, where the response is energy dependent. The essential property of this effect is its nonlinear and multiplicative nature. Our multiplicative reverberation model successfully describes the QPO components in energy-dependent power spectra as well as the appearance of the phase lags between signals in different energy bands. We apply our model to QPOs observed by the Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer in BH candidate XTE J1550-564. We briefly discuss the implications of the observed energy dependence of the QPO reverberation times and amplitudes on the nature of the power-law spectral component and its variability.

  18. Revealing the inner accretion flow around black holes using rapid variability

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    Axelsson, Magnus

    2015-08-01

    The geometry of the inner accretion flow of X-ray binaries is complex, with multiple regions contributing to the observed emission. Frequency-resolved spectroscopy is a powerful tool in breaking this spectral degeneracy. We have extracted the spectra of the strong low-frequency quasi-periodic oscillation (QPO) and its harmonic in GX339-4 and XTE J1550-564. We compare these to the time-averaged spectrum and the spectrum of the rapid (< 0.1s) variability. Our results support the picture where the QPO arises from vertical (Lense-Thirring) precession of an inhomogeneous hot flow, so that it is softer at larger radii closer to the truncated disc, and harder in the innermost parts of the flow where the rapid variability is produced. This coupling between variability and spectra allows us to constrain the soft Comptonization component, breaking the degeneracy plaguing the time-averaged spectrum and revealing the geometry of the accretion flow close to the black hole. We further show how the upcoming launch of ASTRO-H will allow even more specific regions in the accretion flow to be probed.

  19. An empirical method for improving the quality of RXTE PCA spectra

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    García, Javier A.; McClintock, Jeffrey E.; Steiner, James F.; Remillard, Ronald A.; Grinberg, Victoria E-mail: jem@cfa.harvard.edu E-mail: rr@space.mit.edu

    2014-10-10

    We fitted all of the several hundred RXTE PCA spectra of the Crab individually to a simple power-law model; the total number of counts in the composite spectrum is >10{sup 9}. We then used the spectrum of residuals to derive a calibration tool, called pcacorr, that we apply to large samples of spectra for GX 339-4, H1743-322, and XTE J1550-564. Application of the tool improved the quality of all the fits, and the improvement is dramatic for spectra with ≳ 10{sup 7} counts. The Crab residual spectrum is somewhat different for each of the five Proportional Counter Array (PCA) detectors, but it was relatively stable over the course of the mission. We recommend that pcacorr be routinely applied to spectra with ≳ 10{sup 6} counts and that one include a systematic error of 0.1%, rather than the 0.5-1% value that has customarily been used. We expect that application of the tool will result in an increase in sensitivity of the PCA to faint spectral features by up to an order of magnitude.

  20. MEASURING BLACK HOLE SPIN VIA THE X-RAY CONTINUUM-FITTING METHOD: BEYOND THE THERMAL DOMINANT STATE

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    Steiner, James F.; McClintock, Jeffrey E.; Narayan, Ramesh; Gou Lijun; Remillard, Ronald A.

    2009-08-20

    All prior work on measuring the spins of stellar-mass black holes (BHs) via the X-ray continuum-fitting (CF) method has relied on the use of weakly Comptonized spectra obtained in the thermal dominant (TD) state. Using a self-consistent Comptonization model, we show that one can analyze spectra that exhibit strong power-law components and obtain values of the inner disk radius, and hence spin, that are consistent with those obtained in the TD state. Specifically, we analyze many RXTE spectra of two BH transients, H1743-322 and XTE J1550-564, and we demonstrate that the radius of the inner edge of the accretion disk remains constant to within a few percent as the strength of the Comptonized component increases by an order of magnitude, i.e., as the fraction of the thermal seed photons that are scattered approaches 25%. We conclude that the CF method can be applied to a much wider body of data than previously thought possible, and to sources that have never been observed to enter the TD state (e.g., Cyg X-1)

  1. On the Nature of QPO Phase Lags in Black Hole Candidates

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    Shaposhnikov, Nikolai

    2012-01-01

    Observations of quasi-periodic oscillations (QPOs) in X-ray binaries hold a key to understanding many aspects of these enigmatic systems. Complex appearance of the Fourier phase lags related to QPOs is one of the most puzzling observational effects in accreting black holes. In this Letter we show that QPO properties, including phase lags, can be explained in a framework of a simple scenario, where the oscillating media provides a feedback on the emerging spectrum. We demonstrate that the QPO waveform is presented by the product of a perturbation and a time delayed response factors, where the response is energy dependent. The essential property of this effect is its non-linear and multiplicative nature. Our multiplicative reverberation model successfully describes the QPO components in energy dependent power spectra as well as the appearance of the phase lags between signal in different energy bands. We apply our model to QPOs observed by Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer in BH candidate XTE J1550-564. We briefly discuss the implications of the observed energy dependence of the QPO reverberation times and amplitudes to the nature of the power law spectral component and its variability.

  2. Peak luminosity correlated low-frequency oscillations in black holes

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    Li, Z. B.; Gao, H. Q.; Zhang, Z.; Zhang, S.; Qu, J. L.; Zhang, C. M.; Song, L. M.

    2014-05-01

    Based on Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) observational data, we study the timing and spectral properties of some peculiar low-frequency (LF) quasi-periodic oscillations (QPOs), which have been found at the peak luminosity of the outburst of some transient black hole (BH) binaries: the 2005 outburst of GRO J1655-40, the 2003 outburst of H1743-322 and the 1998 outburst of XTE J1550-564. Appearing in the ultraluminous state, these QPOs from different sources show some common properties. The amplitude is very weak (less than 1 per cent) and the quality factor is larger than 6. Moreover, these QPOs (about several Hz) sometimes show up simultaneously with another QPO (about 10 Hz), but their frequencies are not harmonically related. We also find that the frequencies of these QPOs are inversely correlated with the mass of the BH, which implies that these QPOs might be correlated with the innermost stable circular orbit. The QPO frequency is also negative correlated with the inner disc radius among BHs. However, its frequency is too low to ascribe it to the Keperlian orbit frequency. Moreover, we discuss the physical origin of these QPOs and we suggest that they are not produced by the viscous variability of the inner disc either.

  3. Deterministic Chaos in the X-ray Sources

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    Grzedzielski, M.; Sukova, P.; Janiuk, A.

    2015-12-01

    Hardly any of the observed black hole accretion disks in X-ray binaries and active galaxies shows constant flux. When the local stochastic variations of the disk occur at specific regions where a resonant behaviour takes place, there appear the quasi-periodic oscillations (QPOs). If the global structure of the flow and its non-linear hydrodynamics affects the fluctuations, the variability is chaotic in the sense of deterministic chaos. Our aim is to solve a problem of the stochastic versus deterministic nature of the black hole binary variabilities. We use both observational and analytic methods. We use the recurrence analysis and we study the occurence of long diagonal lines in the recurrence plot of observed data series and compare it to the surrogate series. We analyze here the data of two X-ray binaries - XTE J1550-564 and GX 339-4 observed by Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer. In these sources, the non-linear variability is expected because of the global conditions (such as the mean accretion rate) leading to the possible instability of an accretion disk. The thermal-viscous instability and fluctuations around the fixed-point solution occurs at high accretion rate, when the radiation pressure gives dominant contribution to the stress tensor.

  4. An Empirical Method for Improving the Quality of RXTE PCA Spectra

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    García, Javier A.; McClintock, Jeffrey E.; Steiner, James F.; Remillard, Ronald A.; Grinberg, Victoria

    2014-10-01

    We fitted all of the several hundred RXTE PCA spectra of the Crab individually to a simple power-law model; the total number of counts in the composite spectrum is >109. We then used the spectrum of residuals to derive a calibration tool, called pcacorr, that we apply to large samples of spectra for GX 339-4, H1743-322, and XTE J1550-564. Application of the tool improved the quality of all the fits, and the improvement is dramatic for spectra with >~ 107 counts. The Crab residual spectrum is somewhat different for each of the five Proportional Counter Array (PCA) detectors, but it was relatively stable over the course of the mission. We recommend that pcacorr be routinely applied to spectra with >~ 106 counts and that one include a systematic error of 0.1%, rather than the 0.5-1% value that has customarily been used. We expect that application of the tool will result in an increase in sensitivity of the PCA to faint spectral features by up to an order of magnitude.

  5. Large-scale X-ray jets from Galactic black holes

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    Kaaret, P.; Corbel, S.; Tomsick, J. A.; Butt, Y.; Fender, R. P.; Lazendic, J.; Miller, J. M.; Orosz, J. A.; Tzioumis, A. K.; Wijnands, Rudy

    2004-06-01

    Observations of jets from stellar-mass sources located in our Galaxy offer a unique opportunity to study the dynamical evolution of relativistic jets on time scales inaccessible for active galactic nuclei jets, with implications for our understanding of the dynamics and energetics of relativistic jets from Galactic x-ray binaries and active galactic nuclei. We review recent observations of X-ray jets from Galactic black hole candidates. Spatially resolved X-ray spectra from SS 433 have provided evidence for re-heating in a hadronic jet and may offer an observational probe of jet collimation. A large-scale jet from the now quiescent transient 4U 1755-33 appears to indicate continual jet formation over a period of 10-30 years. Detection of a jet from XTE J1550-564 has provided the first direct measurement of gradual deceleration of a jet from a black hole and strong evidence for the re-energization of jet particles to energies up to 10 TeV at sites far from the jet origin.

  6. First Principles Calculations of Structural, Electronic, Thermodynamic and Thermal Properties of BaxSr1-xTe Ternary Alloys

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    Chelli, S.; Meradji, H.; Amara Korba, S.; Ghemid, S.; El Haj Hassan, F.

    2014-12-01

    The structural, electronic thermodynamic and thermal properties of BaxSr1-xTe ternary mixed crystals have been studied using the ab initio full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method within density functional theory (DFT). In this approach, the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof-generalized gradient approximation (PBE-GGA) was used for the exchange-correlation potential. Moreover, the recently proposed modified Becke Johnson (mBJ) potential approximation, which successfully corrects the band-gap problem was also used for band structure calculations. The ground-state properties are determined for the cubic bulk materials BaTe, SrTe and their mixed crystals at various concentrations (x = 0.25, 0.5 and 0.75). The effect of composition on lattice constant, bulk modulus and band gap was analyzed. Deviation of the lattice constant from Vegard's law and the bulk modulus from linear concentration dependence (LCD) were observed for the ternary BaxSr1-xTe alloys. The microscopic origins of the gap bowing were explained by using the approach of Zunger and co-workers. On the other hand, the thermodynamic stability of these alloys was investigated by calculating the excess enthalpy of mixing, ΔHm as well as the phase diagram. It was shown that these alloys are stable at high temperature. Thermal effects on some macroscopic properties of BaxSr1-xTe alloys were investigated using the quasi-harmonic Debye model, in which the phononic effects are considered.

  7. A parallax distance to the microquasar GRS 1915+105 and a revised estimate of its black hole mass

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    Reid, M. J.; McClintock, J. E.; Steiner, J. F.; Narayan, R.; Steeghs, D.; Remillard, R. A.; Dhawan, V.

    2014-11-20

    Using the Very Long Baseline Array, we have measured a trigonometric parallax for the microquasar GRS 1915+105, which contains a black hole and a K-giant companion. This yields a direct distance estimate of 8.6{sub −1.6}{sup +2.0} kpc and a revised estimate for the mass of the black hole of 12.4{sub −1.8}{sup +2.0} M {sub ☉}. GRS 1915+105 is at about the same distance as some H II regions and water masers associated with high-mass star formation in the Sagittarius spiral arm of the Galaxy. The absolute proper motion of GRS 1915+105 is –3.19 ± 0.03 mas yr{sup –1} and –6.24 ± 0.05 mas yr{sup –1} toward the east and north, respectively, which corresponds to a modest peculiar speed of 22 ± 24 km s{sup –1} at the parallax distance, suggesting that the binary did not receive a large velocity kick when the black hole formed. On one observational epoch, GRS 1915+105 displayed superluminal motion along the direction of its approaching jet. Considering previous observations of jet motions, the jet in GRS 1915+105 can be modeled with a jet inclination to the line of sight of 60° ± 5° and a variable flow speed between 0.65c and 0.81c, which possibly indicates deceleration of the jet at distances from the black hole ≳ 2000 AU. Finally, using our measurements of distance and estimates of black hole mass and inclination, we provisionally confirm our earlier result that the black hole is spinning very rapidly.

  8. The neutron star transient XTE J1701-407 has returned to quiescence after a 3-year long outburst

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    Degenaar, N.; Wijnands, R.; Altamirano, D.; Cackett, E.; Linares, M.; Homan, J.; Fridriksson, J.

    2011-08-01

    The neutron star low-mass X-ray binary and long thermonuclear burst source XTE J1701-407 (ATel #1618) has been active ever since its discovery in 2008 June (ATel #1569), displaying a typical 2-10 keV luminosity of ~5E36 erg/s (assuming a distance D=5.0 kpc; ATel #2814). However, routine monitoring of the Galactic bulge with the PCA aboard RXTE (Swank & Markwardt 2001, ASP conference series 251, 94) indicates that the outburst has now ceased: the source intensity has remained below the detection limit of the PCA since 2011 August 9 (see the link provided below).

  9. Terahertz radiation from Cd{sub x}Hg{sub 1-x}Te photoexcited by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Krotkus, A.; Adomavicius, R.; Molis, G.; Urbanowicz, A.; Eusebe, H.

    2004-10-01

    Terahertz radiation from Cd{sub x}Hg{sub 1-x}Te samples excited by femtosecond Ti:sapphire laser pulses were measured by using an ultrafast photoconductive antenna manufactured from low-temperature grown GaAs. Terahertz fields radiated by the samples of all three investigated alloy compositions with x=0, 0.2, and 0.3 were of the same order of magnitude. No azimuthal angle dependence of the radiated signal was detected, which evidences that linear current surge effect is dominating over nonlinear optical rectification.

  10. The multicolour optical monitoring of the High Mass X-ray Binary CI Cam/XTE J0421+560

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    Konstsntinova, T.; Larionov, V.; Kopatskaya, E.; Larionova, E.; Efimova, N.

    2014-07-01

    We analyse the photometric behaviour of the high-mass X-ray binary system CI Cam/XTE J0421+560. Our observations cover the time interval 1999-2014. The source was monitored with 70-cm AZT-8 (CrAO, Ukraine) and 0.4-m LX-200 (St.Petersburg, Russia) telescopes. During the monitoring period, CI Cam displayed two significant increases of brightness in the optical photometric bands. The first one follows the X-ray outburst that occurred in 1998 March. The second one started in 2013 and lasts until January - February of 2014.

  11. Determination of Black Hole Masses in Galactic Black Hole Binaries Using Scaling of Spectral and Variability Characteristics

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    Shaposhnikov, Nickolai; Titarchuk, Lev

    2009-07-01

    We present a study of correlations between X-ray spectral and timing properties observed from a number of Galactic black hole (BH) binaries during hard-soft state spectral evolution. We analyze 17 transition episodes from eight BH sources observed with Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer. Our scaling technique for BH mass determination uses a correlation between the spectral index and quasi-periodic oscillation (QPO) frequency. In addition, we use a correlation between the index and the normalization of the disk "seed" component to cross-check the BH mass determination and estimate the distance to the source. While the index-QPO correlations for two given sources contain information on the ratio of the BH masses in those sources, the index-normalization correlations depend on the ratio of the BH masses and the distance square ratio. In fact, the index-normalization correlation also discloses the index-mass accretion rate saturation effect given that the normalization of disk "seed" photon supply is proportional to the disk mass accretion rate. We present arguments that this observationally established index saturation effect is a signature of the bulk motion (converging) flow onto a BH, which was early predicted by the dynamical Comptonization theory. We use GRO J1655 - 40 as a primary reference source for which the BH mass, distance, and inclination angle are evaluated by dynamical measurements with unprecedented precision among other Galactic BH sources. We apply our scaling technique to determine BH masses and distances for Cygnus X-1, GX 339 - 4, 4U 1543 - 47, XTE J1550 - 564, XTE J1650 - 500, H 1743 - 322, and XTE J1859 - 226. A good agreement of our results for sources with known values of BH masses and distance provides independent verification for our scaling technique.

  12. Cd{sub 1−x}Mn{sub x}Te ultrasmall quantum dots growth in a silicate glass matrix by the fusion method

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    Dantas, Noelio Oliveira; Lima Fernandes, Guilherme de; Almeida Silva, Anielle Christine; Baffa, Oswaldo; Gómez, Jorge Antônio

    2014-09-29

    In this study, we synthesized Cd{sub 1−x}Mn{sub x}Te ultrasmall quantum dots (USQDs) in SiO{sub 2}-Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-B{sub 2}O{sub 3} glass system using the fusion method. Growth of these Cd{sub 1−x}Mn{sub x}Te USQDs was confirmed by optical absorption, atomic force microscopy (AFM), magnetic force microscopy (MFM), scanning transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) measurements. The blueshift of absorption transition with increasing manganese concentration gives evidence of incorporation of manganese ions (Mn{sup 2+}) in CdTe USQDs. AFM, TEM, and MFM confirmed, respectively, the formation of high quality Cd{sub 1−x}Mn{sub x}Te USQDs with uniformly distributed size and magnetic phases. Furthermore, EPR spectra showed six lines associated to the S = 5/2 spin half-filled d-state, characteristic of Mn{sup 2+}, and confirmed that Mn{sup 2+} are located in the sites core and surface of the CdTe USQD. Therefore, synthesis of high quality Cd{sub 1−x}Mn{sub x}Te USQDs may allow the control of optical and magnetic properties.

  13. Type I X-ray Bursts from the Neutron-star Transient XTE J1701-462

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    Lin, Dacheng; Altamirano, Diego; Homan, Jeroen; Remillard, Ronald A.; Wijnands, Rudy; Belloni, Tomaso

    2009-07-01

    The neutron-star X-ray transient XTE J1701-462 was observed for ~3 Ms with RXTE during its 2006-2007 outburst. Here we report on the discovery of three type-I X-ray bursts from XTE J1701-462. They occurred as the source was in transition from the typical Z-source behavior to the typical atoll-source behavior, at ~10% of the Eddington luminosity. The first burst was detected in the Z-source flaring branch (FB); the second in the vertex between the FB and normal branches; and the third in the atoll-source soft state. The detection of the burst in the FB cast doubts on earlier speculations that the FB is due to unstable nuclear burning of accreted matter. The last two of the three bursts show photospheric radius expansion, from which we estimate the distance to the source to be 8.8 kpc with a 15% uncertainty. No significant burst oscillations in the range 30-4000 Hz were found during these three bursts.

  14. Prediction of an arc-tunable Weyl Fermion metallic state in MoxW1-xTe2

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    Chang, Tay-Rong; Xu, Su-Yang; Chang, Guoqing; Lee, Chi-Cheng; Huang, Shin-Ming; Wang, Baokai; Bian, Guang; Zheng, Hao; Sanchez, Daniel; Belopolski, Ilya; Alidoust, Nasser; Neupane, Madhab; Bansil, Arun; Jeng, Horng-Tay; Lin, Hsin; Hasan, M. Zahid

    A Weyl semimetal is a new state of matter that hosts Weyl fermions as emergent quasiparticles. The Weyl fermions correspond to isolated points of bulk band degeneracy, Weyl nodes, which are connected only through the crystal's boundary by an exotic Fermi arc surface state. The length of the Fermi arc gives a measure of the topological strength, because the only way to destroy the Weyl nodes is to annihilate them in pairs in k space. To date, Weyl semimetals are only realized in the TaAs class. Here, we propose a tunable Weyl metallic state in MoxW1-xTe2 via our first-principles calculations, where the Fermi arc length can be continuously changed as a function of Mo concentration, thus tuning the topological strength of the system. Our results provide an experimentally feasible route to realizing Weyl physics in the layered compound MoxW1-xTe2 where non-saturating magneto-resistance and pressure driven superconductivity have been observed.

  15. Prediction of an arc-tunable Weyl Fermion metallic state in MoxW1-xTe2

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    Chang, Tay-Rong; Xu, Su-Yang; Chang, Guoqing; Lee, Chi-Cheng; Huang, Shin-Ming; Wang, Baokai; Bian, Guang; Zheng, Hao; Sanchez, Daniel S.; Belopolski, Ilya; Alidoust, Nasser; Neupane, Madhab; Bansil, Arun; Jeng, Horng-Tay; Lin, Hsin; Zahid Hasan, M.

    2016-02-01

    A Weyl semimetal is a new state of matter that hosts Weyl fermions as emergent quasiparticles. The Weyl fermions correspond to isolated points of bulk band degeneracy, Weyl nodes, which are connected only through the crystal's boundary by exotic Fermi arcs. The length of the Fermi arc gives a measure of the topological strength, because the only way to destroy the Weyl nodes is to annihilate them in pairs in the reciprocal space. To date, Weyl semimetals are only realized in the TaAs class. Here, we propose a tunable Weyl state in MoxW1-xTe2 where Weyl nodes are formed by touching points between metallic pockets. We show that the Fermi arc length can be changed as a function of Mo concentration, thus tuning the topological strength. Our results provide an experimentally feasible route to realizing Weyl physics in the layered compound MoxW1-xTe2, where non-saturating magneto-resistance and pressure-driven superconductivity have been observed.

  16. Quantum-interference effects in single- and poly-crystalline topological insulator Bi2-xTe3

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    Chiu, Shao-Pin; Lin, Juhn-Jong

    2014-03-01

    We have studied the carrier transport properties of both single- and poly-crystalline topological insulator (TI) Bi2-xTe3 samples. Single-crystalline microflakes were made by exfoliation from a single-crystalline Bi2Te3 bulk. Polycrystalline samples were made by flash evaporation of 5N purity Bi2Te3 sheets. In single-crystalline Bi2Te3 microflakes, temperature dependent resistances revealed two-dimensional (2D) electron-electron interaction effect. The extracted Coulomb screening parameter is negative, in accord with the situation of strong spin-orbit coupling in the TI materials. Positive magnetoresistances (MRs) originated from 2D weak-antilocalization (WAL) effect were measured in low magnetic fields, and satisfactorily described by a multichannel-conduction model. Especially, as T below 1 K and under high positive backgate voltages, signature of two coherent conduction channels was found. We discuss our results in terms of Dirac fermion states on the bottom surface, in addition to the bulk states. Polycrystalline Bi2-xTe3 thin films were patterned by electron-beam lithography. In low perpendicular magnetic fields, positive MRs due to the 2D WAL effect were observed. In parallel magnetic fields, Aharonov-Bohm oscillations were measured, suggesting the presence of metallic surface states. This work was supported by the Taiwan National Science Council through Grant No. NSC102-2120-M-009-003 (J.J.L.).

  17. Long-Term Spectral and Timing Behavior of the Black Hole Candidate XTE J1908+094

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    Gogus, Ersin; Finger, Mark H.; Kouveliotou, Chryssa; Woods, Peter M.; Patel, Sandeep K.; Ruppen, Michael; Swank, Jean H.; Markwardt, Craig B.; VanDerKlis, Michiel

    2004-01-01

    We present the long-term X-ray light curves and detailed spectral and timing analyses of XTE J1908+094 using the Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer Proportional Counter Array observations covering two outbursts in 2002 and early 2003. At the onset of the first outburst, the source was found in a spectrally low/hard state lasting for approx.40 days, followed by a 3 day long transition to the high/soft state. The source flux (in 2- 10 keV) reached approx.100 mcrab on 2002 April 6, then decayed rapidly. In power spectra, we detect strong band-limited noise and varying low- frequency quasi-periodic oscillations that evolved from approx.0.5 to approx.5 Hz during the initial low/hard state of the source. We find that the second outburst closely resembled the spectral evolution of the first. The X-ray transient s overall outburst characteristics led us to classify XTE J1908+094 as a black hole candidate. Here we also derive precise X-ray position of the source using Chandra observations that were performed during the decay phase of the first outburst and following the second outburst.

  18. Prediction of an arc-tunable Weyl Fermion metallic state in Mo(x)W(1-x)Te2.

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    Chang, Tay-Rong; Xu, Su-Yang; Chang, Guoqing; Lee, Chi-Cheng; Huang, Shin-Ming; Wang, BaoKai; Bian, Guang; Zheng, Hao; Sanchez, Daniel S; Belopolski, Ilya; Alidoust, Nasser; Neupane, Madhab; Bansil, Arun; Jeng, Horng-Tay; Lin, Hsin; Zahid Hasan, M

    2016-01-01

    A Weyl semimetal is a new state of matter that hosts Weyl fermions as emergent quasiparticles. The Weyl fermions correspond to isolated points of bulk band degeneracy, Weyl nodes, which are connected only through the crystal's boundary by exotic Fermi arcs. The length of the Fermi arc gives a measure of the topological strength, because the only way to destroy the Weyl nodes is to annihilate them in pairs in the reciprocal space. To date, Weyl semimetals are only realized in the TaAs class. Here, we propose a tunable Weyl state in Mo(x)W(1-x)Te2 where Weyl nodes are formed by touching points between metallic pockets. We show that the Fermi arc length can be changed as a function of Mo concentration, thus tuning the topological strength. Our results provide an experimentally feasible route to realizing Weyl physics in the layered compound Mo(x)W(1-x)Te2, where non-saturating magneto-resistance and pressure-driven superconductivity have been observed. PMID:26875819

  19. Reflection Spectroscopy of the Black Hole Binary XTE J1752-223 in the Bright Hard State

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    Garcia, Javier; Steiner, James F.; Grinberg, Victoria; McClintock, Jeffrey E.; Dauser, Thomas; Remillard, Ronald A.

    2016-04-01

    During its rise to maximum in 2009, XTE J1752-223 stalled for a full month in the bright hard state at about 30% of its peak (Eddington) luminosity. Along this extended period, 60 RXTE pointed observations showed the luminosity and hardness ratio of the source to be extraordinarily stable, resulting in a unique data set of exceptional quality. We combined all these 300 ks of RXTE data into a single PCA (3-45 keV) spectrum with 82 million counts and a single HEXTE spectrum (20-250 keV) with 10.4 million counts. Using our calibration tools PCACORR and HEXBCORR, we greatly enhanced the sensitivity of the detectors to faint spectral features, such as the Fe line and edge. Fitting the PCA+HEXTE spectrum using an advanced version of our reflection code, which includes a physical model of Comptonization, we constrained: the spin of the black hole (or alternatively the inner radius of the accretion disk); the inclination of the system; the ionization state and Fe abundance of the disk's atmosphere; and the temperature and optical depth of the corona. We compare these results with similar ones we reported earlier for GX 339-4 in the bright hard state. XTE J1752-223 and GX 339-4 are the first two of 29 black hole binaries we propose to study using recalibrated RXTE archival data and our reflection models.

  20. High-Frequency Quasi-Periodic Oscillations in the Black Hole X-Ray Transient XTE J1650-500

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    Holman, Jeroen; Klein-Wolt, Marc; Rossi, Sabrina; Miller, Jon M.; Wijnands, Rudy; Belloni, Tomaso; VanDerKlis, Michiel; Lewin, Walter H. G.

    2003-01-01

    We report the detection of high-frequency variability in the black hole X-ray transient XTE 51650-500. A quasi-periodic oscillation (QPO) was found at 250 Hz during a transition from the hard to the soft state. We also detected less coherent variability around 50 Hz that disappeared when the 250 Hz QPO showed up. There are indications that when the energy spectrum hardened the QPO frequency increased from approx. 110 to approx. 270 Hz, although the observed frequencies are also consistent with being 1 : 2 : 3 harmonics of each other. Interpreting the 250 Hz as the orbital frequency at the innermost stable orbit around a Schwarzschild black hole leads to a mass estimate of 8.2 solar mass. The spectral results by Miller et al., which suggest considerable black hole spin, would imply a higher mass.

  1. Ferromagnetism in Ge{sub 1-x}Cr{sub x}Te epilayers grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Fukuma, Y.; Asada, H.; Taya, T.; Irisa, T.; Koyanagi, T.

    2006-10-09

    IV-VI ferromagnetic semiconductor Ge{sub 1-x}Cr{sub x}Te has been grown on BaF{sub 2} (111) by molecular beam epitaxy. The ferromagnetism was clearly established by direct magnetization and Hall measurements. The experimental correlation between the anomalous Hall resistivity {rho}{sub xy} and the resistivity {rho}{sub xx}, {rho}{sub xy}{proportional_to}{rho}{sub xx}{sup 1.76}, is understood from the semiclassical nature of the charge carrier dynamics, suggesting that the ferromagnetism gives rise to p-d exchange interaction. The Curie temperature increases systematically from the substrate temperature T{sub S} of 300 to 250 to 200 deg. C and with increasing the Cr composition along with each T{sub S}.

  2. Preceding Hard Flares in the Outburst Rise of Aql X-1: A Link to Black Hole State Transitions

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    Yu, W.; Klein-Wolt, M.; Fender, R.; van der Klis, M.

    2003-03-01

    We have discovered preceding hard flares ( > 15 keV) in the 1999 May/June and the 2000 September/October outbursts of Aql X-1. The energy spectra were dominanted by a power-law component during the hard flares and transited to a much softer spectrum immediately following the hard flare decay. At the same time, the Fourier power spectra transited from a combination of a band-limited noise and a 1-20 Hz QPO to a simple power-law noise. The spectra/timing state transitions were very similar to those Low/Hard--to--High/Soft state transitions observed in the outburst rise of black hole SXTs, e.g. XTE J1550-564 and XTE J1859+226. As the outburst mechanism is probably the same in both neutron star and black hole SXTs, the preceding hard flares and the associated spectral/timing state transitions are probably of the same origin in Aql X-1 and the black hole SXTs. This estabilishes a link between neutron star and black hole spectral/timing states. The association of the QPO and the band-limited noise in Aql X-1 with those in black hole SXTs confirms the frequency correlation between QPO and noise break previously found for many neutron star and black hole X-ray binaries in a wide frequency range. We discuss the impact of these results to our research in the SXT outburst mechanism, the black hole state transitions and the X-ray variability of X-ray binaries.

  3. IV-VI diluted magnetic semiconductor Ge{sub 1-x}Mn{sub x}Te epilayer grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Fukuma, Y.; Goto, K.; Senba, S.; Miyawaki, S.; Asada, H.; Koyanagi, T.; Sato, H.

    2008-03-01

    Growth of the IV-VI diluted magnetic semiconductor Ge{sub 1-x}Mn{sub x}Te by molecular beam epitaxy is reported. The epitaxial growth of Ge{sub 1-x}Mn{sub x}Te (x=0.13) on BaF{sub 2} (111) with a GeTe buffer layer is confirmed by x-ray diffraction and reflection high-energy electron diffraction. The ferromagnetic order is clearly established by the magnetization and magnetotransport measurements. The Curie temperature of 100 K is obtained for the hole concentration of 7.86x10{sup 20} cm{sup -3}. The existence of the strong p-d exchange which gives rise to the ferromagnetic order is revealed by the hard x-ray photoemission measurements.

  4. Photovoltaic performances of Cu2-xTe sensitizer based on undoped and indium(3+)-doped TiO2 photoelectrodes and assembled counter electrodes.

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    Srathongluan, Pornpimol; Kuhamaneechot, Rattanakorn; Sukthao, Prapatsawan; Vailikhit, Veeramol; Choopun, Supab; Tubtimtae, Auttasit

    2016-02-01

    Novel binary Cu2-xTe nanoparticles based on undoped and indium-doped TiO2 photoelectrodes were synthesized using a successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) technique as a sensitizer for liquid-junction solar cells. A larger diameter of TiO2 promoted a narrower energy band gap after indium doping, attributing to yield a broader absorption range of nanoparticle sensitizer due to the increasing amount of Cu2-xTe NPs on TiO2 surface. The atomic percentages showed the stoichiometric formation of Cu2Te incorporated in a Cu2-xTe structure. The best photovoltaic performance with the lower SILAR cycle, i.e., n=13 was performed after indium doping in both of carbon and Cu2S CEs and revealed that the efficiency of 0.73% under the radiant 100mW/cm(2) (AM 1.5G). The electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) was used to investigate the electrical properties via effect of material doping and counter electrodes with a lower charge-transfer resistance (Rct) and it was also found that the electron lifetime was improved after the sample doped with indium and assembled with carbon CE. PMID:26524258

  5. Charge Mediated Reversible Metal-Insulator Transition in Monolayer MoTe2 and WxMo1-xTe2 Alloy.

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    Zhang, Chenxi; Kc, Santosh; Nie, Yifan; Liang, Chaoping; Vandenberghe, William G; Longo, Roberto C; Zheng, Yongping; Kong, Fantai; Hong, Suklyun; Wallace, Robert M; Cho, Kyeongjae

    2016-08-23

    Metal-insulator transitions in low-dimensional materials under ambient conditions are rare and worth pursuing due to their intriguing physics and rich device applications. Monolayer MoTe2 and WTe2 are distinguished from other TMDs by the existence of an exceptional semimetallic distorted octahedral structure (T') with a quite small energy difference from the semiconducting H phase. In the process of transition metal alloying, an equal stability point of the H and the T' phase is observed in the formation energy diagram of monolayer WxMo1-xTe2. This thermodynamically driven phase transition enables a controlled synthesis of the desired phase (H or T') of monolayer WxMo1-xTe2 using a growth method such as chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). Furthermore, charge mediation, as a more feasible method, is found to make the T' phase more stable than the H phase and induce a phase transition from the H phase (semiconducting) to the T' phase (semimetallic) in monolayer WxMo1-xTe2 alloy. This suggests that a dynamic metal-insulator phase transition can be induced, which can be exploited for rich phase transition applications in two-dimensional nanoelectronics. PMID:27415610

  6. Detection of a large Be circumstellar disk during X-ray quiescence of XTE J1946+274

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    Özbey Arabacı, M.; Camero-Arranz, A.; Zurita, C.; Gutiérrez-Soto, J.; Nespoli, E.; Suso, J.; Kiaeerad, F.; García-Rojas, J.; Kızıloǧlu, Ü.

    2015-10-01

    Aims: We present a multiwavelength study of the Be/X-ray binary system XTE J1946+274 with the main goal of better characterizing its behavior during X-ray quiescence. We also aim to shed light on the possible mechanisms which trigger the X-ray activity for this source. Methods: XTE J1946+274 was observed by Chandra-ACIS during quiescence in 2013 March 12. In addition, this source has been monitored from the ground-based astronomical observatories of El Teide (Tenerife, Spain), Roque de los Muchachos (La Palma, Spain) and Sierra Nevada (Granada, Spain) since 2011 September, and from the TÜBİTAK National Observatory (Antalya, Turkey) since 2005 April. We have performed spectral and photometric temporal analyses in order to investigate the quiescent state and transient behavior of this binary system. Results: Our optical study revealed that a long mass ejection event from the Be star took place in 2006, lasting for about seven years, and another one is currently ongoing. We also found that a large Be circumstellar disk is present during quiescence, although major X-ray activity is not observed. We made an attempt to explain this by assuming the permanently presence of a tilted (sometimes warped) Be decretion disk. The 0.3-10 keV X-ray spectrum of the neutron star during quiescence was well fitted with either an absorbed black-body or an absorbed power-law models. The main parameters obtained for these models were kT = 1.43 ± 0.17 and Γ = 0.9 ± 0.4 (with NH ~ 2-7 × 1022 cm-2). The 0.3-10 keV flux of the source was ~0.8-1 × 10-12 erg-1 cm-2 s-1. Pulsations were found with Ppulse = 15.757(1) s (epoch MJD 56 363.115) and an rms pulse fraction of 32.1(3)%. The observed X-ray luminosity during quiescent periods was close to that of expected in supersonic propeller regimen.

  7. Excitation of a non-radial mode in a millisecond X-ray pulsar XTE J1751-305

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    Lee, Umin

    2014-08-01

    We discuss non-radial modes in mass-accreting and rapidly rotating neutron stars for the coherent frequency detected in a millisecond X-ray pulsar XTE J1751-305. The spin frequency of the pulsar is νspin ≅ 435 Hz and the identified frequency is νosc = 0.572 7595 × νspin. Assuming that the frequency detected is that in the corotating frame of the star, we examine r and g modes in the surface layer of accreting matter composed mostly of helium, inertial and r modes in the fluid core, and toroidal modes in the solid crust. We find that the r modes of l' = m = 1 and 2 excited by ɛ-mechanism in the surface layer can give the ratio κ = νosc/νspin ≃ 0.57 at νspin = 435 Hz, where m and l' are the azimuthal wavenumber and the harmonic degree of the modes. We also suggest a toroidal crust mode and a core r mode destabilized by gravitational wave emission for the observed ratio κ. We find that the amplitude of the core r mode of l' = m = 2 can be amplified at the surface layer by a large factor famp ˜ 102 at νspin = 435 Hz for a M = 1.4 M⊙ neutron-star model. This amplification, however, may not be large enough for the r-mode amplitude to be consistent with an estimation by Mahmoodifar & Strohmayer (2013).

  8. ACCRETION TORQUES AND MOTION OF THE HOT SPOT ON THE ACCRETING MILLISECOND PULSAR XTE J1807-294

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    Patruno, Alessandro; Wijnands, R.; Van der Klis, Michiel; Hartman, Jacob M.; Chakrabarty, Deepto

    2010-07-10

    We present a coherent timing analysis of the 2003 outburst of the accreting millisecond pulsar (AMXP) XTE J1807-294. We find a 95% confidence interval for the pulse frequency derivative of (+0.7, + 4.7) x 10{sup -14} Hz s{sup -1} and (-0.6, + 3.8) x 10{sup -14} Hz s{sup -1} for the fundamental and second harmonics, respectively. The sinusoidal fractional amplitudes of the pulsations are the highest observed among AMXPs and can reach values of up to 27% (2.5-30 keV). The pulse arrival time residuals of the fundamental frequency follow a linear anti-correlation with the fractional amplitudes that suggests hot spot motion both in longitude and latitude over the surface of the neutron star. An anti-correlation between residuals and X-ray flux suggests an influence of the accretion rate on pulse phase and casts doubts on the interpretation of pulse frequency derivatives in terms of changes of spin rates and torques on the neutron star.

  9. Optical properties of Ge xSb 20- xTe 80 thin films and their changes by light illumination

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    Pamukchieva, V.; Szekeres, A.

    2008-03-01

    The influence of light illumination on the optical constants of chalcogenide thin films with non-stoichiometric Ge xSb 20- xTe 80 ( x = 15, 17, 19) composition is studied by spectral ellipsometry in the visible range of light. The films were deposited onto glass substrates by vacuum thermal evaporation of parent glasses and were subjected to an 1-h illumination with a 500 W HBO mercury lamp. It has been established that illumination of the films leads to a decrease of the refractive index, n, in the whole spectral region studied and to an increase of the extinction coefficient, k, in the range of 600-800 nm. The optical bandgap energy Eg values are within 0.55-0.76 eV with a tendency to increase with increasing the Ge content. Illumination resulted in a sharp decrease of the Eg values indicating structural change in the films. Leaving the films at atmospheric conditions the optical parameters values change toward their initial values of unilluminated state.

  10. A Relativistic Fe Kα Emission Line in the Intermediate-Luminosity BeppoSAX Spectrum of the Galactic Microquasar V4641 Sgr

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    Miller, J. M.; Fabian, A. C.; in't Zand, J. J. M.; Reynolds, C. S.; Wijnands, R.; Nowak, M. A.; Lewin, W. H. G.

    2002-09-01

    Broad Fe Kα emission lines have recently been reported in a number of Galactic black holes. Such lines are useful accretion flow diagnostics because they may be produced at the inner accretion disk and shaped by relativistic effects, but in general they have been observed only at luminosities of LX~1037-1038 ergs s-1 in soft X-rays. The Galactic microquasar V4641 Sgr-widely known for its 12.2 Crab (1.5-12 keV) outburst in 1999 September-displayed low-level activity in 1999 March. BeppoSAX observed the source in this state, and Fe Kα line emission was found by in 't Zand et al. In reanalyzing these data, we find strong evidence that the Fe Kα line profile is broadened. For the most likely values of the source distance and black hole mass measured by Orosz et al., our fits to the total spectrum indicate that the source was observed at a luminosity of LX=1.9+1.0-0.8×1036 ergs s-1 (2-10 keV), or LX/LEdd=1.8+0.9- 0.8×10-3. Advection-dominated accretion flow models predict a radially recessed disk in this regime. In contrast, fits to the observed Fe Kα emission-line profile with a relativistic line model constrain the inner disk to be consistent with the marginally stable circular orbit of a Schwarzschild black hole.

  11. Deposition and characterization of Cd{sub 1−x}Mg{sub x}Te thin films grown by a novel cosublimation method

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    Kobyakov, Pavel S. Swanson, Drew E.; Sampath, Walajabad S.; Moore, Andrew; Raguse, John M.

    2014-03-15

    Photovoltaic cells utilizing the CdS/CdTe structure have improved substantially in the past few years. Despite the recent advances, the efficiency of CdS/CdTe cells is still significantly below their Shockley–Queisser limit. CdTe based ternary alloy thin films, such as Cd{sub 1−x}Mg{sub x}Te (CMT), could be used to improve efficiency of CdS/CdTe photovoltaic cells. Higher band gap Cd{sub 1−x}Mg{sub x}Te films can be the absorber in top cells of a tandem structure or an electron reflector layer in CdS/CdTe cells. A novel cosublimation method to deposit CMT thin films has been developed. This method can deposit CMT films of band gaps ranging from 1.5 to 2.3 eV. The cosublimation method is fast, repeatable, and scalable for large areas, making it suitable for implementing into large-scale manufacturing. Characterization of as-deposited CMT films, with x varying from 0 to 0.35, reveals a linear relationship between Mg content measured by energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and the optical band gap. Glancing angle x-ray diffraction (GAXRD) measurements of Cd{sub 1−x}Mg{sub x}Te films show a zinc-blende structure similar to CdTe. Furthermore, increasing Mg content decreases the lattice parameter and the grain size. GAXRD shows the films are under mild tension after deposition.

  12. MAXI/GSC detection of renewed X-ray activity of the neutron star X-ray binary XTE J1709-267

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    Nakahira, S.; Matsuoka, T. Mihara M.; Negoro, H.; Ueno, S.; Tomida, H.; Ishikawa, M.; Nakagawa, Y. E.; Sugawara, Y.; Sugizaki, M.; Serino, M.; Iwakiri, W.; Shidatsu, M.; Sugimoto, J.; Takagi, T.; Kawai, N.; Isobe, N.; Sugita, S.; Yoshii, T.; Tachibana, Y.; Ono, Y.; Fujiwara, T.; Yoshida, A.; Sakamoto, T.; Kawakubo, Y.; Kitaoka, Y.; Tsunemi, H.; Shomura, R.; Nakajima, M.; Tanaka, K.; Masumitsu, T.; Kawase, T.; Ueda, Y.; Kawamuro, T.; Hori, T.; Tanimoto, A.; Tsuboi, Y.; Nakamura, Y.; Sasaki, R.; Yamauchi, M.; Furuya, K.; Yamaoka, K.

    2016-06-01

    We report on a detection of X-ray outburst from XTE J1709-267 triggered by the MAXI/GSC nova alert system at 12:25 on 2016 May 31. The MAXI/GSC 2-6 keV X-ray flux on May 31 is 210 mCrab, which is brighter than the peak flux of the previous outburst in July 2012 (160 mCrab in 2-6 keV; Atel #5319, Asai, K. et al, PASJ 67, 92, 2015).

  13. Formation of acceptor centers under the action of redox media on the surface of Cd{sub x}Hg{sub 1-x}Te films

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    Varavin, V. S.; Sidorov, G. Yu.

    2009-12-15

    The effect of redox media on the formation of acceptor centers in the Cd{sub x}Hg{sub 1-x}Te films grown by molecular beam epitaxy on the GaAs (301) substrates is studied. When tested for long-term stability, the untreated n-type films do not change their parameters, whereas the treated films exhibit a decrease in the conductivity and the mobility of charge carriers by nearly two orders of magnitude. It is shown that, on the treatments, a source of acceptors is formed at the surface, and the acceptors are most likely mercury vacancies.

  14. Analysis of variability in the burst oscillations of the accreting millisecond pulsar XTE J1814-338

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    Watts, Anna L.; Strohmayer, Tod E.; Markwardt, Craig B.

    2005-01-01

    The accreting millisecond pulsar XTE J1814-338 exhibits oscillations at the known spin frequency during Type I X-ray bursts. The properties of the burst oscillations reflect the nature of the thermal asymmetry on the stellar surface. We present an analysis of the variability of the burst oscillations of this source, focusing on three characteristics: fractional amplitude, harmonic content and frequency. Fractional amplitude and harmonic content constrain the size, shape and position of the emitting region, whilst variations in frequency indicate motion of the emitting region on the neutron star surface. We examine both long-term variability over the course of the outburst, and short-term variability during the bursts. For most of the bursts, fractional amplitude is consistent with that of the accretion pulsations, implying a low degree of fuel spread. There is however a population of bursts whose fractional amplitudes are substantially lower, implying a higher degree of fuel spread, possibly forced by the explosive burning front of a precursor burst. For the first harmonic, substantial differences between the burst and accretion pulsations suggest that hotspot geometry is not the only mechanism giving rise to harmonic content in the latter. Fractional amplitude variability during the bursts is low; we can only rule out the hypothesis that the fractional amplitude remains constant at the l(sigma) level for bursts that do not exhibit photospheric radius expansion (PRE). There are no significant variations in frequency in any of the bursts except for the one burst that exhibits PRE. This burst exhibits a highly significant but small (= 0.1Hz) drop in frequency in the burst rise. The timescale of the frequency shift is slower than simple burning layer expansion models predict, suggesting that other mechanisms may be at work.

  15. Growth and characterization of CdTe single quantum wells confined by Cd 1- xZn xTe alloy and short period CdTe/ZnTe superlattice

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    Magnea, N.; Lentz, G.; Mariette, H.; Feuillet, G.; Dal'bo, F.; Tuffigo, H.

    1989-02-01

    A comparative study of structural and optical properties of CdTe single quantum wells has been performed. Very efficient CdTe-Cd 1-xZn xTe (x Zn ≤ 0.2) wells have been grown and short period superlattices appear as a promising substitute of the alloy.

  16. Scaling of the photon index vs. mass accretion rate correlation and estimate of black hole mass in M101 ULX-1

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    Titarchuk, Lev; Seifina, Elena

    2016-01-01

    We report the results of Swift and Chandra observations of an ultraluminous X-ray source, ULX-1 in M101. We show strong observational evidence that M101 ULX-1 undergoes spectral transitions from the low/hard state to the high/soft state during these observations. The spectra of M101 ULX-1 are well fitted by the so-called bulk motion Comptonization (BMC) model for all spectral states. We have established the photon index (Γ) saturation level, Γsat = 2.8 ± 0.1, in the Γ versus mass accretion rate (Ṁ) correlation. This Γ-Ṁ correlation allows us to evaluate black hole (BH) mass in M101 ULX-1 to be MBH ~ (3.2-4.3) × 104 M⊙, assuming the spread in distance to M101 (from 6.4 ± 0.5 Mpc to 7.4 ± 0.6 Mpc). For this BH mass estimate we apply the scaling method, using Galactic BHs XTE J1550-564, H 1743-322 and 4U 1630-472 as reference sources. The Γ vs. Ṁ correlation revealed in M101 ULX-1 is similar to that in a number of Galactic BHs and clearly exhibits the correlation along with the strong Γ saturation at ≈ 2.8. This is robust observational evidence for the presence of a BH in M101 ULX-1. We also find that the seed (disk) photon temperatures are low, on the order of 40-100 eV, which is consistent with high BH mass in M101 ULX-1. Thus, we suggest that the central object in M101 ULX-1 has intermediate BH mass on the order of 104 solar masses.

  17. Black hole mass determination in the X-ray binary 4U 1630-47: Scaling of spectral and variability characteristics

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    Seifina, Elena; Shaposhnikov, Nikolai E-mail: titarchuk@fe.infn.it E-mail: nikolai.v.shaposhnikov@nasa.gov

    2014-07-01

    We present the results of a comprehensive investigation on the evolution of spectral and timing properties of the Galactic black hole candidate 4U 1630-47 during its spectral transitions. In particular, we show how a scaling of the correlation of the photon index of the Comptonized spectral component Γ with low-frequency quasi-periodic oscillations (QPOs), ν {sub L}, and mass accretion rate, M-dot , can be applied to the black hole mass and the inclination angle estimates. We analyze the transition episodes observed with the Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer and BeppoSAX satellites. We find that the broadband X-ray energy spectra of 4U 1630-47 during all spectral states can be modeled by a combination of a thermal component, a Comptonized component, and a red-skewed iron-line component. We also establish that Γ monotonically increases during transition from the low-hard state to the high-soft state and then saturates for high mass accretion rates. The index saturation levels vary for different transition episodes. Correlations of Γ versus ν {sub L} also show saturation at Γ ∼ 3. Γ-- M-dot and Γ-ν {sub L} correlations with their index saturation revealed in 4U 1630-47 are similar to those established in a number of other black hole candidates and can be considered as an observational evidence for the presence of a black hole in these sources. The scaling technique, which relies on XTE J1550-564, GRO 1655-40, and H1743-322 as reference sources, allows us to evaluate a black hole mass in 4U 1630-47 yielding M {sub BH} ∼ 10 ± 0.1 solar masses and to constrain the inclination angle of i ≲ 70°.

  18. THE SPIN OF THE BLACK HOLE IN THE SOFT X-RAY TRANSIENT A0620-00

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    Gou Lijun; McClintock, Jeffrey E.; Steiner, James F.; Narayan, Ramesh; Cantrell, Andrew G.; Bailyn, Charles D.; Orosz, Jerome A.

    2010-08-01

    During its year-long outburst in 1975-76, the transient source A0620-00 reached an intensity of 50 Crab, an all-time record for any X-ray binary. The source has been quiescent since then. We have recently determined accurate values for the black hole (BH) mass, orbital inclination angle, and distance. Building on these results, we have measured the radius of the inner edge of the accretion disk around the BH primary by fitting its thermal continuum spectrum to our version of the relativistic Novikov-Thorne thin-disk model. We have thereby estimated the spin of the BH. Although our spin estimate depends on a single high-quality spectrum, which was obtained in 1975 by OSO-8, we are confident of our result because of the consistent values of the inner-disk radius that we have obtained for hundreds of observations of other sources: H1743-322, XTE J1550-564, and notably LMC X-3. We have determined the dimensionless spin parameter of the BH to be a{sub *} = 0.12 {+-} 0.19, with a{sub *} < 0.49 and a{sub *}> - 0.59 at the 3{sigma} level of confidence. This result takes into account all sources of observational and model-parameter uncertainties. Despite the low spin, the intensity and properties of the radio counterpart, both in outburst and quiescence, attest to the presence of a strong jet. If jets are driven by BH spin, then current models indicate that jet power should be a steeply increasing function of a{sub *}. Consequently, the low spin of A0620-00 suggests that its jet may be disk driven.

  19. Black Hole Mass Determination In the X-Ray Binary 4U 1630-47: Scaling of Spectral and Variability Characteristics

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    Seifina, Elena; Titarchuk, Lev; Shaposhnikov, Nikolai

    2014-01-01

    We present the results of a comprehensive investigation on the evolution of spectral and timing properties of the Galactic black hole candidate 4U 1630-47 during its spectral transitions. In particular, we show how a scaling of the correlation of the photon index of the Comptonized spectral component gamma with low-frequency quasi-periodic oscillations (QPOs), ?(sub L), and mass accretion rate, M, can be applied to the black hole mass and the inclination angle estimates.We analyze the transition episodes observed with the Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer and BeppoSAX satellites.We find that the broadband X-ray energy spectra of 4U 1630-47 during all spectral states can be modeled by a combination of a thermal component, a Comptonized component, and a red-skewed iron-line component. We also establish that gamma monotonically increases during transition from the low-hard state to the high-soft state and then saturates for high mass accretion rates. The index saturation levels vary for different transition episodes. Correlations of gamma versus ?(sub L) also show saturation at gamma (is) approximately 3. Gamma -M and gamma -?(sub L) correlations with their index saturation revealed in 4U 1630-47 are similar to those established in a number of other black hole candidates and can be considered as an observational evidence for the presence of a black hole in these sources. The scaling technique, which relies on XTE J1550-564, GRO 1655-40, and H1743-322 as reference sources, allows us to evaluate a black hole mass in 4U 1630-47 yielding M(sub BH) (is) approximately 10 +/- 0.1 solar masses and to constrain the inclination angle of i (is) approximately less than 70 deg.

  20. Black Hole Mass Determination in the X-Ray Binary 4U 1630-47: Scaling of Spectral and Variability Characteristics

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    Seifina, Elena; Titarchuk, Lev; Shaposhnikov, Nikolai

    2014-07-01

    We present the results of a comprehensive investigation on the evolution of spectral and timing properties of the Galactic black hole candidate 4U 1630-47 during its spectral transitions. In particular, we show how a scaling of the correlation of the photon index of the Comptonized spectral component Γ with low-frequency quasi-periodic oscillations (QPOs), ν L , and mass accretion rate, \\dot{M}, can be applied to the black hole mass and the inclination angle estimates. We analyze the transition episodes observed with the Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer and BeppoSAX satellites. We find that the broadband X-ray energy spectra of 4U 1630-47 during all spectral states can be modeled by a combination of a thermal component, a Comptonized component, and a red-skewed iron-line component. We also establish that Γ monotonically increases during transition from the low-hard state to the high-soft state and then saturates for high mass accretion rates. The index saturation levels vary for different transition episodes. Correlations of Γ versus ν L also show saturation at Γ ~ 3. \\Gamma {--}\\dot{M} and Γ-ν L correlations with their index saturation revealed in 4U 1630-47 are similar to those established in a number of other black hole candidates and can be considered as an observational evidence for the presence of a black hole in these sources. The scaling technique, which relies on XTE J1550-564, GRO 1655-40, and H1743-322 as reference sources, allows us to evaluate a black hole mass in 4U 1630-47 yielding M BH ~ 10 ± 0.1 solar masses and to constrain the inclination angle of i <~ 70°.

  1. The Power Spectral Properties of the Z Source GX 340+0

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    Jonker, Peter G.; van der Klis, Michiel; Wijnands, Rudy; Homan, Jeroen; van Paradijs, Jan; Méndez, Mariano; Ford, Eric C.; Kuulkers, Erik; Lamb, Frederick K.

    2000-07-01

    We present an analysis of ~390 ks of data of the Z source GX 340+0 taken during 24 observations with the Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer satellite. We report the discovery of a new broad component in the power spectra. The frequency of this component varied between 9 and 14 Hz and remained close to half that of the horizontal-branch quasi-periodic oscillations (HBOs). Its rms amplitude was consistent with being constant around ~5%, while its FWHM increased with frequency from 7 to 18 Hz. If this sub-HBO component is the fundamental frequency, then the HBO and its second harmonic are the second and fourth harmonic component, while the third harmonic was not detected. This is similar to what was recently found for the black hole candidate XTE J1550-564. The profiles of both the horizontal- and the normal-branch quasi-periodic oscillation peaks were asymmetric when they were strongest. We describe this in terms of a shoulder component at the high-frequency side of the quasi-periodic oscillation peak, of which the rms amplitudes were approximately constant at ~4% and ~3%, respectively. The peak separation between the twin kilohertz quasi-periodic oscillations was consistent with being constant at 339+/-8 Hz, but a trend similar to that seen in, e.g., Sco X-1 could not be excluded. We discuss our results within the framework of the various models that have been proposed for the kilohertz QPOs and low-frequency peaks.

  2. The Transient Accreting X-Ray Pulsar XTE J1946+274: Stability of X-Ray Properties at Low Flux and Updated Orbital Solution

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    Marcu-Cheatham, Diana M.; Pottschmidt, Katja; Kühnel, Matthias; Müller, Sebastian; Falkner, Sebastian; Caballero, Isabel; Finger, Mark H.; Jenke, Peter J.; Wilson-Hodge, Colleen A.; Fürst, Felix; Grinberg, Victoria; Hemphill, Paul B.; Kreykenbohm, Ingo; Klochkov, Dmitry; Rothschild, Richard E.; Terada, Yukikatsu; Enoto, Teruaki; Iwakiri, Wataru; Wolff, Michael T.; Becker, Peter A.; Wood, Kent S.; Wilms, Jörn

    2015-12-01

    We present a timing and spectral analysis of the X-ray pulsar XTE J1946+274 observed with Suzaku during an outburst decline in 2010 October and compare with previous results. XTE J1946+274 is a transient X-ray binary consisting of a Be-type star and a neutron star with a 15.75 s pulse period in a 172 days orbit with 2-3 outbursts per orbit during phases of activity. We improve the orbital solution using data from multiple instruments. The X-ray spectrum can be described by an absorbed Fermi-Dirac cut-off power-law model along with a narrow Fe Kα line at 6.4 keV and a weak Cyclotron Resonance Scattering Feature (CRSF) at ˜35 keV. The Suzaku data are consistent with the previously observed continuum flux versus iron line flux correlation expected from fluorescence emission along the line of sight. However, the observed iron line flux is slightly higher, indicating the possibility of a higher iron abundance or the presence of non-uniform material. We argue that the source most likely has only been observed in the subcritical (non-radiation dominated) state since its pulse profile is stable over all observed luminosities and the energy of the CRSF is approximately the same at the highest (˜5 × 1037 erg s-1) and lowest (˜5 × 1036 erg s-1) observed 3-60 keV luminosities.

  3. Conduction mechanisms in p-type Pb{sub 1-x}Eu{sub x}Te alloys in the insulator regime

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    Peres, M. L.; Rubinger, R. M.; Ribeiro, L. H.; Rubinger, C. P. L.; Ribeiro, G. M.; Chitta, V. A.; Rappl, P. H. O.; Abramof, E.

    2012-06-15

    Electrical resistivity measurements were performed on p-type Pb{sub 1-x}Eu{sub x}Te films with Eu content x = 4%, 5%, 6%, 8%, and 9%. The well-known metal-insulator transition that occurs around 5% at room temperature due to the introduction of Eu is observed, and we used the differential activation energy method to study the conduction mechanisms present in these samples. In the insulator regime (x > 6%), we found that band conduction is the dominating conduction mechanism for high temperatures with carriers excitation between the valence band and the 4f levels originated from the Eu atoms. We also verified that mix conduction dominates the low temperatures region. Samples with x = 4% and 5% present a temperature dependent metal insulator transition and we found that this dependence can be related to the relation between the thermal energy k{sub B}T and the activation energy {Delta}{epsilon}{sub a}. The physical description obtained through the activation energy analysis gives a new insight about the conduction mechanisms in insulating p-type Pb{sub 1-x}Eu{sub x}Te films and also shed some light over the influence of the 4f levels on the transport process in the insulator region.

  4. Erratum: "Photoionization Modeling of Oxygen K Absorption in the Interstellar Medium, the Chandra Grating Spectra of XTE J1817-330" (2013, Apj, 768, 60)

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    Gatuzz, E.; Garcia, J.; Mendoza, C.; Kallman, Timothy R.; Witthoeft, Michael C.; Lohfink, A.; Bautista, M. A.; Palmeri, P.; Quinet, P.

    2013-01-01

    In the published version of this paper, there are some minor inaccuracies in the absorption-line wavelengths listed in Table 4 as a result of a faulty reduction procedure of the Obs6615 spectrum. The shifts have been detected in a comparison with the wavelengths listed for this spectrum in the Chandra Transmission Grating Catalog and Archive (TGCat8). They are due to incorrect centroid positions of the zero-order image in both reductions as determined by the tgdetect utility which, when disentangled, yield the improved line positions of the amended Table 4 given below. It must also be pointed out that other quantitative findings of the original paper: 1. Table 5, p. 9: the column density (NH), ionization parameter, oxygen abundance of the warmabs model and the normalization and photon index of the power-law model; 2. Table 6, p. 9: the hydrogen column density of the warmabs fit; 3. Table 7, p. 9: the present oxygen equivalent widths of XTE J1817-330; and 4. Table 8, p. 10: the present oxygen column densities of XTE J1817-330 derived from both the curve of growth and warmabs model fit have been revised in the new light and are, within the estimated uncertainty ranges, in good accord with the new rendering.

  5. A new approach to the crystal growth of Hg 1- xMn xTe by the cold travelling heater method (CTHM)

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    Reig, C.; Gómez-García, C. J.; Muñoz, V.

    2001-03-01

    In order to obtain crystals with a homogeneous composition and to reduce the Hg high pressure related to the temperature synthesis reaction between the components in elemental form, Hg 1- xMn xTe bulk crystals were produced by the cold travelling heater method (CTHM). Following the technique initially proposed for the growth of CdHgTe by the Triboulet group, the feed material was a split ingot of two segments, one of HgTe and the other of MnTe, with cross-sectional areas chosen to establish the desired final composition. The growth was carried out at a temperature of 600°C and a rate of 2 mm/h. The Hg 1- xMn xTe crystals have been characterised by scanning electron microscopy, including energy dispersive X-ray analysis and backscattered mode, powder X-ray diffractometry, Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy, and SQUID magnetic susceptibility measurements. The crystals, with standard magnetic properties, show an excellent axial and radial composition uniformity throughout most of the total ingot length.

  6. Modeling the polarization of high-energy radiation from accreting black holes. A case study of XTE J1118+480

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    Vieyro, F. L.; Romero, G. E.; Chaty, S.

    2016-03-01

    Context. The high-energy emission (400 keV-2 MeV) of Cygnus X-1, which is the best-studied Galactic black hole, was recently found to be strongly polarized. The origin of this radiation is still unknown. Aims: We suggest that the emission is the result of non-thermal processes in the hot corona around the accreting compact object and study the polarization of high-energy radiation that is expected for black hole binaries. Methods: Two contributions to the total magnetic field were taken into account in our study: a small-scale random component related to the corona, and an ordered magnetic field associated with the accretion disk. The degree of polarization of gamma-ray emission for this particular geometry was estimated together with the angle of the polarization vector. Results: We obtain that the configuration of corona plus disk can account for the high degree of polarization of gamma-rays that are detected in galactic black holes and does not need to invoke a relativistic jet. We make specific predictions for sources in a low-hard state. In particular, the model is applied to the transient source XTE J1118+480. We show that if a new outburst of XTE J1118+480 is observed, then its gamma-ray polarization should be measurable by future instruments, such as ASTRO-H or the proposed ASTROGAM.

  7. Discovery and Photometric Observation of the Optical Counterpart of a Possible Galactic Halo X-Ray Transient, XTE J1118+480

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    Uemura, Makoto; Kato, Taichi; Matsumoto, Katsura; Yamaoka, Hitoshi; Takamizawa, Kesao; Sano, Yasuo; Haseda, Katsumi; Cook, Lewis M.; Buczynski, Denis; Masi, Gianluca

    2000-08-01

    We discovered an optical counterpart of about 13 mag of a soft X-ray transient, XTE J1118+480 on 2000 March 30. We performed astrometry and provided an accurate position of R.A. = 11h18m10.85s85, Decl. = +48deg02'12.9{' '}. The outbursting object has been identified with a 18.8 mag star in the USNO catalog. Our pre-discovery data shows another outburst during 2000 January, again coinciding with an outburst detected in X-rays. Through CCD time-series photometry, we found the presence of a periodic variation with an amplitude of 0.055 mag and a period of 0.17078 \\pm 0.00004 d$, which we consider to be a promising candidate of the orbital period. Because of the high galactic latitude and faint quiescence magnitude of 18.8, XTE J1118+480 is possibly the first firmly identified black hole candidate X-ray transient in the galactic halo.

  8. Photoionization Modeling of Oxygen K Absorption in the Interstellar Medium: The Chandra Grating Spectra of XTE J1817-330

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    Gatuzz, E.; Garcia, J.; Menodza, C.; Kallman, T. R.; Witthoeft, M.; Lohfink, A.; Bautista, M. A.; Palmeri, P.; Quinet, P.

    2013-01-01

    We present detailed analyses of oxygen K absorption in the interstellar medium (ISM) using four high-resolution Chandra spectra towards the X-ray low-mass binary XTE J1817-330. The 11-25 A broadband is described with a simple absorption model that takes into account the pileup effect and results in an estimate of the hydrogen column density. The oxygen K-edge region (21-25 A) is fitted with the physical warmabs model, which is based on a photoionization model grid generated with the XSTAR code with the most up-to-date atomic database. This approach allows a benchmark of the atomic data which involves wavelength shifts of both the K lines and photoionization cross sections in order to fit the observed spectra accurately. As a result we obtain: a column density of N(sub H) = 1.38 +/- 0.01 x 10(exp 21) cm(exp -2); ionization parameter of log xi = .2.70 +/- 0.023; oxygen abundance of A(sub O) = 0.689(exp +0.015./-0.010); and ionization fractions of O I/O = 0.911, O II/O = 0.077, and O III/O = 0.012 that are in good agreement with previous studies. Since the oxygen abundance in warmabs is given relative to the solar standard of Grevesse and Sauval (1998), a rescaling with the revision by Asplund et al. (2009) yields A(sub O) = 0.952(exp +0.020/-0.013, a value close to solar that reinforces the new standard. We identify several atomic absorption lines.K-alpha , K-beta, and K-gamma in O I and O II; and K-alpha in O III, O VI, and O VII--last two probably residing in the neighborhood of the source rather than in the ISM. This is the first firm detection of oxygen K resonances with principal quantum numbers n greater than 2 associated to ISM cold absorption.

  9. Photoionization Modeling of Oxygen K Absorption in the Interstellar Medium:. [The Chandra Grating Spectra of XTE J1817-330

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    Gatuzz, E.; Garcia, J.; Mendoza, C.; Kallman, T. R.; Witthoeft, M.; Lohfink, A.; Bautista, M. A.; Palmeri, P.; Quinet, P.

    2013-01-01

    We present detailed analyses of oxygen K absorption in the interstellar medium (ISM) using four high-resolution Chandra spectra toward the X-ray low-mass binary XTE J1817-330. The 11-25 Angstrom broadband is described with a simple absorption model that takes into account the pile-up effect and results in an estimate of the hydrogen column density. The oxygen K-edge region (21-25 Angstroms) is fitted with the physical warmabs model, which is based on a photoionization model grid generated with the xstar code with the most up-to-date atomic database. This approach allows a benchmark of the atomic data which involves wavelength shifts of both the K lines and photoionization cross sections in order to fit the observed spectra accurately. As a result we obtain a column density of N(sub H) = 1.38 +/- 0.01 × 10(exp 21) cm(exp -2); an ionization parameter of log xi = -2.70 +/- 0.023; an oxygen abundance of A(sub O) = 0.689 (+0.015/-0.010); and ionization fractions of O(sub I)/O = 0.911, O(sub II)/O = 0.077, and O(sub III)/O = 0.012 that are in good agreement with results from previous studies. Since the oxygen abundance in warmabs is given relative to the solar standard of Grevesse & Sauval, a rescaling with the revision by Asplund et al. yields A(sub O) = 0.952(+0.020/-0.013), a value close to solar that reinforces the new standard.We identify several atomic absorption lines-K(alpha), K(beta), and K(gamma) in O(sub I) and O(sub II) and K(alpha) in O(sub III), O(sub VI), and O(sub VII)-the last two probably residing in the neighborhood of the source rather than in the ISM. This is the first firm detection of oxygen K resonances with principal quantum numbers n greater than 2 associated with ISM cold absorption.

  10. PHOTOIONIZATION MODELING OF OXYGEN K ABSORPTION IN THE INTERSTELLAR MEDIUM: THE CHANDRA GRATING SPECTRA OF XTE J1817-330

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    Gatuzz, E.; Mendoza, C.; Garcia, J.; Lohfink, A.; Kallman, T. R.; Witthoeft, M.; Bautista, M. A.; Palmeri, P.; Quinet, P. E-mail: claudio@ivic.gob.ve E-mail: alohfink@astro.umd.edu E-mail: michael.c.witthoeft@nasa.gov E-mail: palmeri@umons.ac.be

    2013-05-01

    We present detailed analyses of oxygen K absorption in the interstellar medium (ISM) using four high-resolution Chandra spectra toward the X-ray low-mass binary XTE J1817-330. The 11-25 A broadband is described with a simple absorption model that takes into account the pile-up effect and results in an estimate of the hydrogen column density. The oxygen K-edge region (21-25 A) is fitted with the physical warmabs model, which is based on a photoionization model grid generated with the XSTAR code with the most up-to-date atomic database. This approach allows a benchmark of the atomic data which involves wavelength shifts of both the K lines and photoionization cross sections in order to fit the observed spectra accurately. As a result we obtain a column density of N{sub H} = 1.38 {+-} 0.01 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 21} cm{sup -2}; an ionization parameter of log {xi} = -2.70 {+-} 0.023; an oxygen abundance of A{sub O}= 0.689{sup +0.015}{sub -0.010}; and ionization fractions of O I/O = 0.911, O II/O = 0.077, and O III/O = 0.012 that are in good agreement with results from previous studies. Since the oxygen abundance in warmabs is given relative to the solar standard of Grevesse and Sauval, a rescaling with the revision by Asplund et al. yields A{sub O}=0.952{sup +0.020}{sub -0.013}, a value close to solar that reinforces the new standard. We identify several atomic absorption lines-K{alpha}, K{beta}, and K{gamma} in O I and O II and K{alpha} in O III, O VI, and O VII-the last two probably residing in the neighborhood of the source rather than in the ISM. This is the first firm detection of oxygen K resonances with principal quantum numbers n > 2 associated with ISM cold absorption.

  11. Hg-loss compensation and wiping-off of source liquid on slider liquid phase epitaxy of Hg 1- xCd xTe

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    Shinohara, Motoya; Nugraha; Noda, Yasutoshi; Furukawa, Yoshitaka

    1994-08-01

    Hg loss measurement and wiping the liquid source on Hg 1- xCd xTe (MCT) layer growth were performed using a slider liquid phase epitaxy (LPE) boat with a HgTe reservoir. The optimum conditions to compensate Hg loss were revealed, where an increased amount of HgTe in the reservoir was effective to stabilize the weight change of source liquid due to Hg evaporation. The wiping was effectively made on equilibrium cooling from the melting point, where thin MCT layers (2-4 μm) resulted and the surface was slightly terraced. Thick layers (30-40 μm) resulted from the supercooling and step cooling with a supercooling of 15 K. The composition of the grown layers was x = 0.25-0.42.

  12. Abundancias químicas de la compañera visible del agujero negro binario V4641 Sgr (XTE J1819-254)

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    Cúneo, V. A.; Jofré, E.; Pintado, O. I.; Gómez, M. N.

    2015-08-01

    In this work we expose an analysis of the chemical abundances of the optical companion of the confirmed black hole binary V4641 Sgr (XTE J1819-254) from GMOS spectra obtained with the Gemini North telescope. This analysis allowed to observe an enhancement of N, O, Mg and Si, attributed to the contamination of heavy elements generated during the supernova explosion that gave birth to the black hole. It was also observed that Cr and Fe were subabundant. The aim of this study is to test the formation scenario of a binary system containing a black hole as remnant of the supernova explosion of a massive star, and to provide information to better understand the final stages in the evolution of massive stars and black hole progenitors.

  13. The reaction kinetics of Cu with the CdTe(111)-B surface: Formation of metastable Cu{sub x}Te (x{approx}2)

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    Teeter, Glenn

    2005-11-08

    In the present study, elemental Cu is deposited on the clean CdTe(111)-B surface and annealed in vacuum. Surface-composition maps generated by scanning Auger microcopy provide evidence that a reaction occurs between Cu and the CdTe(111)-B substrate that results in the formation of a metastable copper telluride phase Cu{sub x}Te (x{approx}2) at the surface. In situ thermal-desorption mass spectrometry measurements show that elemental Cd is released during the reaction and desorbs from the surface. Desorption of Te from the substrate is suppressed during the reaction. Analysis of Cd desorption traces demonstrates that the Cu+CdTe(111)-B reaction proceeds via zero-order kinetics, with an activation energy of 180{+-}5 kJ mol{sup -1}.

  14. Influence of samarium on the thermoelectric figure of merit of Sm{sub x}Pb{sub 1-x}Te alloys

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    Aliev, F. F. Hasanov, H. A.

    2012-03-15

    The temperature and concentration dependences of the electrical (conductivity {sigma}, the Hall coefficient R), thermoelectric (thermovoltage {alpha}), and thermal (thermal conductivity K{sub tot}) characteristics of Sm{sub x}Pb{sub 1-x}Te alloys (x = 0, 0.02, 0.04, 0.08) are studied in the temperature range 100-500 K. Using the data for {sigma}, {alpha}, and K{sub tot}, the thermoelectric power {alpha}{sup 2}{sigma}, figure of merit Z, and efficiency {delta} are calculated. It is established that at room-temperature {alpha}{sup 2}{sigma} and Z peak at the hole concentration p Almost-Equal-To 1.2 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 18} cm{sup -3}.

  15. Mechanisms of recombination of nonequilibrium charge carriers in epitaxial Cd{sub x}Hg{sub 1-x}Te (x = 0.20-0.23) layers

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    Ikusov, D. G.; Sizov, F. F.; Staryi, S. V. Teterkin, V. V.

    2007-02-15

    The experimental temperature dependences of the photosensitivity and the data on the lifetime of nonequilibrium charge carriers in epitaxial Cd{sub x}Hg{sub 1-x}Te layers with x = 0.20-0.23 were used to show that, in the region of intrinsic and extrinsic conductivity in n-type films grown by molecular beam epitaxy, CHCC Auger recombination is the prevailing recombination mechanism. At the same time, in p-type films grown by liquid-or vapor-phase epitaxy, it is observed that, in the region of extrinsic conductivity, CHLH Auger recombination competes with Shockley-Read recombination. The n-type films grown by molecular beam epitaxy contain a much lower concentration of recombination centers than the p-type films grown by liquid-or gasphase epitaxy.

  16. Phase separation and exchange biasing in the ferromagnetic IV-VI semiconductor Ge{sub 1-x}Mn{sub x}Te

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    Lechner, R. T.; Springholz, G.; Hassan, M.; Groiss, H.; Kirchschlager, R.; Stangl, J.; Hrauda, N.; Bauer, G.

    2010-07-12

    Ferromagnetic Ge{sub 1-x}Mn{sub x}Te grown by molecular beam epitaxy with Mn content of x{sub Mn}approx =0.5 is shown to exhibit a strong tendency for phase separation. At higher growth temperatures apart from the cubic Ge{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}Te, a hexagonal MnTe and a rhombohedral distorted Ge{sub 0.83}Mn{sub 0.17}Te phase is formed. This coexistence of antiferromagnetic MnTe and ferromagnetic Ge{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}Te results in magnetic exchange-bias effects.

  17. Constraints on braneworld gravity models from a kinematic limit on the age of the black hole XTE J1118+480.

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    Psaltis, Dimitrios

    2007-05-01

    In braneworld gravity models with a finite anti-de Sitter space (AdS) curvature in the extra dimension, the AdS/conformal field theory correspondence leads to a prediction for the lifetime of astrophysical black holes that is significantly smaller than the Hubble time, for asymptotic curvatures that are consistent with current experiments. Using the recent measurements of the position, three-dimensional spatial velocity, and mass of the black hole XTE J1118+480, I calculate a lower limit on its kinematic age of > or =11 Myr (95% confidence). This translates into an upper limit for the asymptotic AdS curvature in the extra dimensions of <0.08 mm, which significantly improves the limit obtained by table top experiments of sub mm gravity. PMID:17501556

  18. Optimal bandgap variants of Cd 1- xZn xTe for high-resolution X-ray and gamma-ray spectroscopy

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    Toney, J. E.; Schlesinger, T. E.; James, R. B.

    1999-06-01

    We show that the trade-off between noise and charge generation statistics in Cd 1- xZn xTe leads to an optimal band gap of approximately 2.0 eV at room temperature. This implies a ZnTe fraction of approximately 0.7-0.8. We show that for X-rays and relatively low energy gamma-rays Cd 0.2Zn 0.8Te theoretically offers a significant potential improvement in energy resolution over Cd 0.9Zn 0.1Te even if compensation of shallow levels is less complete and carrier lifetimes are an order of magnitude lower for the higher x variant. We also show that these calculations are consistent with observed detector performance reported by many workers over a large period of time.

  19. Spin-glass behavior and anomalous magnetoresistance in ferromagnetic Ge{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}Te epilayer

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    Liu, Jindong; Cheng, Xiaomin Tong, Fei; Miao, Xiangshui

    2014-07-28

    We report that the Ge{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}Te thin film exhibits spin-glass behavior when the Fe concentration increases to 0.08. A large bifurcation between the zero-field cooling and field cooling temperature-dependent magnetization was observed. The hysteresis loops after zero-field cooling and field cooling show an exchange bias effect. A time-dependent thermoremanent magnetization follows power-law decay, which confirms the existence of spin glass. The anomalous magnetotranport properties present a further evidence for spin-glass behavior and give a freezing temperature T{sub g} ∼ 5 K in the Ge{sub 0.92}Fe{sub 0.08}Te thin film.

  20. Discovery and Monitoring of a New Black Hole Candidate XTE J1752-223 with RXTE: RMS Spectrum Evolution, BH Mass and the Source Distance

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    Shaposhinikov, Nikolai; Markwardt, Craig; Swank, Jean; Krimm, Hans

    2010-01-01

    We report on the discovery and monitoring observations of a new galactic black hole candidate XTE J1752-223 by Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE). The new source appeared on the X-ray sky on October 21 2009 and was active for almost 8 months. Phenomenologically, the source exhibited the low-hard/highsoft spectral state bi-modality and the variability evolution during the state transition that matches standard behavior expected from a stellar mass black hole binary. We model the energy spectrum throughout the outburst using a generic Comptonization model assuming that part of the input soft radiation in the form of a black body spectrum gets reprocessed in the Comptonizing medium. We follow the evolution of fractional root-mean-square (RMS) variability in the RXTE/PCA energy band with the source spectral state and conclude that broad band variability is strongly correlated with the source hardness (or Comptonized fraction). We follow changes in the energy distribution of rms variability during the low-hard state and the state transition and find further evidence that variable emission is strongly concentrated in the power-law spectral component. We discuss the implication of our results to the Comptonization regimes during different spectral states. Correlations of spectral and variability properties provide measurements of the BH mass and distance to the source. The spectral-timing correlation scaling technique applied to the RXTE observations during the hardto- soft state transition indicates a mass of the BH in XTE J1752-223 between 8 and 11 solar masses and a distance to the source about 3.5 kiloparsec.

  1. A SPECTRAL STUDY OF THE RAPID TRANSITIONS OF TYPE-B QUASI-PERIODIC OSCILLATIONS IN THE BLACK HOLE TRANSIENT XTE J1859+226

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    Sriram, K.; Choi, C. S.; Rao, A. R.

    2013-09-20

    The fast transitions of type-B and type-A quasi-periodic oscillations (QPOs) are rarely found, and they are observed at the peak of the outburst in black hole transient (BHT) sources. The associated spectral variations during such events are crucial to understand the origin and location of such QPOs in the accretion disk. During the 1999 outburst of XTE J1859+226, on four occasions a rapid transition of type-B/A QPOs was noted. We performed broadband spectral analysis on these four observations to unveil the responsible spectral parameter causing the rapid transitions. After invoking simple spectral models, it was observed that disk parameters were consistently varying along with disk and power-law fluxes, and almost no change was noted in the power-law index parameter. Though using a complex physical model showed consistent results, the spectral parameter variations across the transitions were not significant. It was observed that the type-B QPO was always associated with an inner disk front which is closer to the BH. In one observation, a type-A QPO appeared as the source count rate suddenly dropped, and the power-law index as well as disk normalization parameter considerably changed during this transition. The spectral changes in this particular observation were similar to the changes observed in XTE J1817-330, indicating a common underlying mechanism. We have also examined a similar observation of BHT source GX 339-4, where a sudden transition of a type-A/B QPO was noted. Similar spectral study again revealed that the disk parameters were changing. We discuss the results in the framework of a truncated disk model and conclude that the movement of the coupled inner disk-corona region is responsible for such rapid transitions of type-B QPOs.

  2. Lithium synthesis in microquasar accretion.

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    Iocco, Fabio; Pato, Miguel

    2012-07-13

    We study the synthesis of lithium isotopes in the hot tori formed around stellar mass black holes by accretion of the companion star. We find that sizable amounts of both stable isotopes 6Li and 7Li can be produced, the exact figures varying with the characteristics of the torus and reaching as much as 10(-2) M⊙ for each isotope. This mass output is enough to contaminate the entire Galaxy at a level comparable with the original, pregalactic amount of lithium and to overcome other sources such as cosmic-ray spallation or stellar nucleosynthesis. PMID:23030150

  3. Imaging X-Ray, Optical, and Infrared Observations of the Transient Anomalous X-Ray Pulsar XTE J1810-197

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    Gotthelf, E. V.; Halpern, J. P.; Buxton, M.; Bailyn, C.

    2004-04-01

    We report X-ray imaging, timing, and spectral studies of XTE J1810-197, a 5.54 s pulsar discovered by Ibrahim and coworkers in recent Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) observations. In a set of short exposures with the High Resolution Camera on board the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, we detect a strongly modulated signal (55%+/-4% pulsed fraction) with the expected period located at (J2000) 18h09m51s08, -19deg43'51.7", with a uncertainty radius of 0.6" (90% confidence level). Spectra obtained with XMM-Newton are well fitted by a two-component model that typically describes anomalous X-ray pulsars (AXPs), an absorbed blackbody plus power law with parameters kT=0.67+/-0.01 keV, Γ=3.7+/-0.2, NH=(1.05+/-0.05)×1022 cm-2, and FX(0.5-10keV)=3.98×10-11 ergs cm-2 s-1. Alternatively, a two-temperature blackbody fit is just as acceptable. The location of CXOU J180951.0-194351 is consistent with a point source seen in archival Einstein, ROSAT, and ASCA images, when its flux was nearly 2 orders of magnitude fainter, and from which no pulsations are found. The spectrum changed dramatically between the ``quiescent'' and ``active'' states; the former can be modeled as a softer blackbody. Using XMM-Newton timing data, we place an upper limit of 0.03 lt-s on any orbital motion in the period range 10 minutes-8 hr. Optical and infrared images obtained on the SMARTS 1.3 m telescope at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) show no object in the Chandra error circle to limits V=22.5, I=21.3, J=18.9, and K=17.5. Together, these results argue that CXOU J180951.0-194351 is an isolated neutron star, one most similar to the transient AXP AX J1844.8-0256. Continuing study of XTE J1810-197 in various states of luminosity is important for understanding and possibly unifying a growing class of isolated, young neutron stars that are not powered by rotation.

  4. Superconductivity in the orthorhombic phase of thermoelectric CsPbxBi4-xTe6 with 0.3≤x≤1.0

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    Zhang, R. X.; Yang, H. X.; Tian, H. F.; Chen, G. F.; Wu, S. L.; Wei, L. L.; Li, J. Q.

    2015-12-01

    Experimental measurements clearly reveal the presence of bulk superconductivity in the CsPbxBi4-xTe6 (0.3≤x≤1.0) materials, i.e. the first member of the thermoelectric series of Cs[PbmBi3Te5+m], these materials have the layered orthorhombic structure containing infinite anionic [PbBi3Te6]- slabs separated with Cs+ cations. Temperature dependences of electrical resistivity, magnetic susceptibility, and specific heat have consistently demonstrated that the superconducting transition in Cs0.96Pb0.25Bi3.75Te6.04 occurs at Tc=3.1 K, with a superconducting volume fraction close to 100% at 1.8 K. Structural study using aberration-corrected STEM/TEM reveals a rich variety of microstructural phenomena in correlation with the Pb-ordering and chemical inhomogeneity. The superconducting material Cs0.96Pb0.25Bi3.75Te6.04 with the highest Tc shows a clear ordered structure with a modulation wave vector of q≈a*/2+c*/1.35 on the a-c plane. Our study evidently demonstrates that superconductivity deriving upon doping of narrow-gap semiconductor is a viable approach for exploration of novel superconductors.

  5. The use of pulse processing techniques to improve the performance of Cd{sub 1{minus}x}Zn{sub x}Te gamma-ray spectrometers

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    Lund, J.C.; Olsen, R.; Van Scyoc, J.M.; James, R.B.

    1996-06-01

    Cd{sub 1{minus}x}Zn{sub x}Te (CZT) has recently shown great promise for use as a room temperature gamma-ray detector material. The availability of large volume (>1 cm{sup 3}) high resistivity CZT crystals has allowed the demonstration of detectors much larger than can be built with the similar material CdTe. However, CZT--like many other room-temperature materials--suffers from the poor transport properties of holes. The poor hole drift properties of CZT cause the characteristic hole tailing in gamma-ray pulse height spectra. The authors have applied pulse processing methods to reduce the hole tailing effects and improve the energy resolution of CZT detectors. They have used two signal processing methods to reduce hole tailing in CZT detectors: digital rise-time compensation and dual time-constant sampling. They discuss the implementation of these techniques, demonstrate results obtained in the laboratory, and compare the performance obtained with other detector systems.

  6. Jet-dominated quiescent state in black hole X-ray binaries: the cases of A0620-00 and XTE J1118+480

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    Yang, Qi-Xiang

    2016-04-01

    The radiative mechanism of black hole X-ray transients (BHXTs) in their quiescent states (defined as the 2-10 keV X-ray luminosity ≲ 1034 erg s-1) remains unclear. In this work, we investigate the quasi-simultaneous quiescent state spectrum (including radio, infrared, optical, ultraviolet and X-ray) of two BHXTs, A0620-00 and XTE J1118+480. We find that these two sources can be well described by a coupled accretion - jet model. More specifically, most of the emission (radio up to infrared, and the X-ray waveband) comes from the collimated relativistic jet. Emission from hot accretion flow is totally insignificant, and it can only be observed in mid-infrared (the synchrotron peak). Emission from the outer cold disk is only evident in the UV band. These results are consistent with our previous investigation on the quiescent state of V404 Cyg and confirm that the quiescent state is jet-dominated.

  7. Evidence of Spin and Energy Extraction in a Galactic Black Hole Candidate: The XMM-Newton/EPIC-pn Spectrum of XTE J1650-500

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    Miller, J. M.; Fabian, A. C.; Wijnands, R.; Reynolds, C. S.; Ehle, M.; Freyberg, M. J.; van der Klis, M.; Lewin, W. H. G.; Sanchez-Fernandez, C.; Castro-Tirado, A. J.

    2002-05-01

    We observed the Galactic black hole candidate XTE J1650-500 early in its fall of 2001 outburst with the XMM-Newton European Photon Imaging pn Camera (EPIC-pn). The observed spectrum is consistent with the source having been in the ``very high'' state. We find a broad, skewed Fe Kα emission line that suggests the primary in this system may be a Kerr black hole and that indicates a steep disk emissivity profile that is hard to explain in terms of a standard accretion disk model. These results are quantitatively and qualitatively similar to those from an XMM-Newton observation of the Seyfert galaxy MCG -6-30-15. The steep emissivity in MCG -6-30-15 may be explained by the extraction and dissipation of rotational energy from a black hole with nearly maximal angular momentum or from material in the plunging region via magnetic connections to the inner accretion disk. If this process is at work in both sources, an exotic but fundamental general relativistic prediction may be confirmed across a factor of 106 in black hole mass. We discuss these results in terms of the accretion flow geometry in stellar-mass black holes and the variety of enigmatic phenomena often observed in the very high state.

  8. Evidence of Spin and Energy Extraction in a Galactic Black Hole Candidate: The XMM-NEWTON/EPIC SPECTRUM of XTE 11650-500

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    Miller, J. M.; Fabian, A. C.; Wunands, R.; Reynolds, C. S.; Ehle, M.; Freyberg, M. J.; VanDerKlis, M.; Lewin, W. H. G.; Sanchez-Fernandez, C.; Castro-Tirado, A. J.

    2002-01-01

    We observed the Galactic black hole candidate XTE J1650-500 early in its fall of 2001 outburst with the XMM-Newton European Photon Imaging pn Camera (EPIC-pn). The observed spectrum is consistent with the source having been in the very high state. We h d a broad, skewed Fe Kar emission line that suggests the primary in this system may be a Kerr black hole and that indicates a steep disk emissivity profile that is hard to explain in terms of a standard accretion disk model. These results are quantitatively and qualitatively similar to those from an XMM-Newton observation of the Seyfert galaxy MCG -6-30-15. The steep emissivity in MCG -6-30-15 may be explained by the extraction and dissipation of rotational energy from a black hole with nearly maximal angular momentum or from material in the plunging region via magnetic connections to the inner accretion disk. If this process is at work in both sources, an exotic but fundamental general relativistic prediction may be confirmed across a factor of l0(exp 6) in black hole mass. We discuss these results in terms of the accretion flow geometry in stellar-mass black holes and the variety of enigmatic phenomena often observed in the very high state.

  9. ON THE NATURE OF THE FIRST TRANSIENT Z SOURCE XTE J1701-462: ITS ACCRETION DISK STRUCTURE, NEUTRON STAR MAGNETIC FIELD STRENGTH, AND HARD TAIL

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    Ding, G. Q.; Wang, N.; Yan, S. P.; Zhang, S. N.; Qu, J. L. E-mail: dinggq@gmail.com

    2011-08-15

    Using data from the Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer, we investigate the spectral evolution along a 'Z' track and a '{nu}' track on the hardness-intensity diagrams of the first transient Z source XTE J1701-462. The spectral analyses suggest that the inner disk radius depends on the mass accretion rate, in agreement with the model prediction, R{sub in}{proportional_to}M-dot{sup 2/7}{sub disk}, for a radiation-pressure-dominated accretion disk interacting with the magnetosphere of a neutron star (NS). The changes in the disk mass accretion rate M-dot{sub disk} are responsible for the evolution of the 'Z' or '{nu}' track. Radiation pressure thickens the disk considerably and also produces significant outflows. The NS surface magnetic field strength, derived from the interaction between the magnetosphere and the radiation-pressure-dominated accretion disk, is {approx}(1-3) x 10{sup 9} G, which is possibly between normal atoll and Z sources. A significant hard tail is detected in the horizontal branches and we discuss several possible origins of the hard tail.

  10. Dependence of the electrical parameters of MBE-grown Cd{sub x}Hg{sub 1} {sub -} {sub x}Te films on the level of doping with indium

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    Varavin, V. S. Dvoretskii, S. A.; Ikusov, D. G.; Mikhailov, N. N.; Sidorov, Yu. G.; Sidorov, G. Yu.; Yakushev, M. V.

    2008-06-15

    Dependences of the minority-carrier lifetime and electron mobility in Cd{sub x}Hg{sub 1-x}Te films on their indium-doping level are studied. Films with x {approx} 0.22 grown by molecular-beam epitaxy on GaAs substrates were in situ doped with indium across their entire thickness. The temperature dependences of the lifetime were studied in the temperature range 77-300 K. The decrease in the lifetime, observed as the doping level increases, is governed by the mechanism of Auger recombination. As the doping level becomes higher, the mobility decreases in qualitative agreement with theoretical calculations.

  11. XTE J1701-462 AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR THE NATURE OF SUBCLASSES IN LOW-MAGNETIC-FIELD NEUTRON STAR LOW-MASS X-RAY BINARIES

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    Homan, Jeroen; Fridriksson, Joel K.; Remillard, Ronald A.; Lewin, Walter H. G.; Van der Klis, Michiel; Wijnands, Rudy; Altamirano, Diego; Mendez, Mariano; Lin Dacheng; Casella, Piergiorgio; Belloni, Tomaso M.

    2010-08-10

    We report on an analysis of Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer data of the transient neutron star low-mass X-ray binary (NS-LMXB) XTE J1701-462, obtained during its 2006-2007 outburst. The X-ray properties of the source changed between those of various types of NS-LMXB subclasses. At high luminosities, the source switched between two types of Z source behavior and at low luminosities we observed a transition from Z source to atoll source behavior. These transitions between subclasses primarily manifest themselves as changes in the shapes of the tracks in X-ray color-color (CD) and hardness-intensity diagrams (HID), but they are accompanied by changes in the kHz quasi-periodic oscillations, broadband variability, burst behavior, and/or X-ray spectra. We find that for most of the outburst the low-energy X-ray flux is a good parameter to track the gradual evolution of the tracks in CD and HID, allowing us to resolve the evolution of the source in greater detail than before and relate the observed properties to other NS-LMXBs. We further find that during the transition from Z to atoll, characteristic behavior known as the atoll upper banana can equivalently be described as the final stage of a weakening Z source flaring branch, thereby blurring the line between the two subclasses. Our findings strongly suggest that the wide variety in behavior observed in NS-LXMBs with different luminosities can be linked through changes in a single variable parameter, namely the mass accretion rate, without the need for additional differences in the neutron star parameters or viewing angle. We briefly discuss the implications of our findings for the spectral changes observed in NS-LMXBs and suggest that, contrary to what is often assumed, the position along the color-color tracks of Z sources is not determined by the instantaneous mass accretion rate.

  12. Modeling of electron energy spectra and mobilities in semi-metallic Hg{sub 1−x}Cd{sub x}Te quantum wells

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    Melezhik, E. O. Gumenjuk-Sichevska, J. V.; Sizov, F. F.

    2015-11-21

    Electron mobility, energy spectra, and intrinsic carrier concentrations in the n-type Hg{sub 0.32}Cd{sub 0.68}Te/Hg{sub 1−x}Cd{sub x}Te/Hg{sub 0.32}Cd{sub 0.68}Te quantum well (QW) in semi-metallic state are numerically modeled. Energy spectra and wave functions were calculated in the framework of the 8-band k-p Hamiltonian. In our model, electron scattering on longitudinal optical phonons, charged impurities, and holes has been taken into account, and the mobility has been calculated by an iterative solution of the Boltzmann transport equation. Our results show that the increase of the electron concentration in the well enhances the screening of the 2D electron gas, decreases the hole concentration, and can ultimately lead to a high electron mobility at liquid nitrogen temperatures. The increase of the electron concentration in the QW could be achieved in situ by delta-doping of barriers or by applying the top-gate potential. Our modeling has shown that for low molar composition x the concentration of holes in the well is high in a wide range of electron concentrations; in this case, the purity of samples does not significantly influence the electron mobility. These results are important in the context of establishing optimal parameters for the fabrication of high-mobility Hg{sub 1−x}Cd{sub x}Te quantum wells able to operate at liquid nitrogen temperature and thus suitable for applications in terahertz detectors.

  13. Characterization of CdTe substrates and MOCVD Cd 1- xZn xTe epilayers by Raman, photoluminescence and X-ray diffraction techniques

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    Levy, M.; Amir, N.; Khanin, E.; Muranevich, A.; Nemirovsky, Y.; Beserman, R.

    1998-05-01

    CdTe substrates and the quality of the Cd 1- xZn xTe ( x⩽0.1) epilayers grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) on CdTe substrates, are characterized by Raman scattering and photoluminescence (PL) as well as by X-ray double-crystal rocking curve (DCRC). At a low temperature the intensity of LO phonon is enhanced wherever there is a structural defect. The defect-induced enhancement is due to a large momentum transfer which enhances the intraband Frolich interaction. In addition, the bound exciton peak intensity measured by PL decreases wherever the LO phonon scattering efficiency increases confirming that the defect is the origin of the above Raman enhancement. The quantitative measure of the structural perfection is related to the ratio between the defect band and excitonic peaks in the PL spectra, and correlates with the X-ray full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) of the layer peak. It is shown that in addition to these parameters, the FWHM of the PL defect band is a useful parameter to determine the quality of the epilayer, and a good correlation is obtained between the different parameters. The effect of growth parameters such as zinc partial pressure in the reactor during growth and the reactor design are studied. The results indicate that crystalline imperfection is caused by lattice mismatch between the CdTe substrate and the CdZnTe epilayer and by the nonuniformity of the zinc composition throughout the layers. The quality of the layers is independent of the reactor volume.

  14. Metal Nitrides Grown from Ca/Li Flux: Ca6Te3N2 and New Nitridoferrate(I) Ca6(LixFe1-x)Te2N3.

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    Dickman, Matthew J; Latturner, Susan E

    2016-08-24

    Two new tellurium-containing nitrides were grown from reactions in molten calcium and lithium. The compound Ca6Te3N2 crystallizes in space group R3̅c (a = 12.000(3)Å, c = 13.147(4)Å; Z = 6); its structure is an anti-type of rinneite (K3NaFeCl6) and 2H perovskite related oxides such as Sr3Co2O6. The compound Ca6(LixFe1-x)Te2N3 where x ≈ 0.48 forms in space group P42/m (a = 8.718(3)Å, c = 6.719(2)Å; Z = 2) with a new stuffed anti-type variant of the Tl3BiCl6 structure. Band structure calculations and easily observable red/green dichroic behavior indicate that Ca6Te3N2 is a highly anisotropic direct band gap semiconductor (Eg = 2.5 eV). Ca6(LixFe1-x)Te2N3 features isolated linear N-Fe-N units with iron in the rare Fe(1+) state. The magnetic behavior of the iron site was characterized by magnetic susceptibility measurements, which indicate a very high magnetic moment (5.16μB) likely due to a high degree of spin-orbit coupling. Inherent disorder at the Fe/Li mixed site frustrates long-range communication between magnetic centers. PMID:27479366

  15. A DIRECT MEASUREMENT OF THE HEAT RELEASE IN THE OUTER CRUST OF THE TRANSIENTLY ACCRETING NEUTRON STAR XTE J1709-267

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    Degenaar, N.; Miller, J. M.; Wijnands, R.

    2013-04-20

    The heating and cooling of transiently accreting neutron stars provides a powerful probe of the structure and composition of their crust. Observations of superbursts and cooling of accretion-heated neutron stars require more heat release than is accounted for in current models. Obtaining firm constraints on the depth and magnitude of this extra heat is challenging and therefore its origin remains uncertain. We report on Swift and XMM-Newton observations of the transient neutron star low-mass X-ray binary XTE J1709-267, which were made in 2012 September-October when it transitioned to quiescence after a {approx_equal}10 week long accretion outburst. The source is detected with XMM-Newton at a 0.5-10 keV luminosity of L{sub X} {approx_equal} 2 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 34}(D/8.5 kpc){sup 2} erg s{sup -1}. The X-ray spectrum consists of a thermal component that fits to a neutron star atmosphere model and a non-thermal emission tail, each of which contribute {approx_equal}50% to the total flux. The neutron star temperature decreases from {approx_equal}158 to {approx_equal}152 eV during the {approx_equal}8 hr long observation. This can be interpreted as cooling of a crustal layer located at a column density of y {approx_equal} 5 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 12} g cm{sup -2} ({approx_equal}50 m inside the neutron star), which is just below the ignition depth of superbursts. The required heat generation in the layers on top would be {approx_equal}0.06-0.13 MeV per accreted nucleon. The magnitude and depth rule out electron captures and nuclear fusion reactions as the heat source, but it may be accounted for by chemical separation of light and heavy nuclei. Low-level accretion offers an alternative explanation for the observed variability.

  16. X-RAY OBSERVATIONS OF THE BLACK HOLE TRANSIENT 4U 1630-47 DURING 2 YEARS OF X-RAY ACTIVITY

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    Tomsick, John A.; Corbel, Stephane; Goldwurm, Andrea; Kaaret, Philip

    2005-01-01

    The black hole candidate (BHC) X-ray transient 4U 1630-47 continuously produced strong X-ray emission for more than 2 years during its 2002-2004 outburst, which is one of the brightest and longest outbursts ever seen from this source. We use more than 300 observations made with the Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) to study the source throughout the outburst, along with hard X-ray images from the International Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (INTEGRAL), which are critical for interpreting the RXTE data in this crowded field. The source exhibits extreme behaviors, which can be interpreted as an indication that the system luminosity approaches the Eddington limit. For 15 observations, fitting the spectral continuum with a disk-blackbody plus power-law model results in measured inner disk temperatures between 2.7 and 3.8 keV, and such temperatures are only rivaled by the brightest BHC systems, such as GRS 1915+105 and XTE J1550-564. If the high temperatures are caused by the dominance of electron scattering opacity in the inner regions of the accretion disk, it is theoretically required that the source luminosity be considerably higher than 20% of the Eddington limit. We detect a variety of high-amplitude variability, including hard 10-100 s flares, which peak at levels as much as 2-3 times higher than nonflare levels. The X-ray properties in 2002-2004 are significantly different from those seen during the 1998 outburst, which is the only outburst with detected radio jet emission. Our results support the "jet line" concept recently advanced by Fender and coworkers. Our study allows for a test of the quantitative McClintock & Remillard spectral state definitions, and we find that these definitions alone do not provide a complete description of the outburst. Finally, for several of the observations, the high-energy emission is dominated by the nearby sources IGR J16320-4751 and IGR J16358-4726, and we provide information on when these sources were bright and on the

  17. Studying X-Ray Binaries with High Energy Frequency Quasi-Periodic Oscillations

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    Kaaret, P.; West, Donald K. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    The goal of this investigation is to further our understanding of the dynamics of secreting neutron stars and black holes in the hope of using these systems as probes of the physics of strong gravitational fetus. The main focus of this work has been a multi-year program of simultaneous millisecond X-ray timing and spectral observations carried out with the Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) to perform the X-ray timing and one of the satellites Asca, BeppoSAX, or Chandra to perform X-ray spectral measurements. With the advent of Chandra, we have extended our work to incLude extragalactic X-ray binaries. We conducted a comprehensive study of the X-ray and radio behavior of the Black Hole Candidate (BHC) X-ray transient XTE J1550-564 using RXTE, Chandra, and the Australian Telescope Compact Array (ATCA). We showed that strong radio emission is associated with major X-ray outbursts involving an X-ray state transition, while a compact radio jet is seen in the low/hard X-ray state found in the outburst decay. Interesting, the total energy required to produce the compact jet may be a substantial fraction of the total accretion energy of the system in that state. We also performed a detailed study of the spectral and timing properties of the decay. In joint RXTE/BeppoSAX observations of the neutron-star X-ray binary Cyg X-2, we discovered a correlation between the timing properties (the frequency of the horizontal branch oscillations) and the properties of a soft, thermal component of the X-ray spectrum. d e showed that more det

  18. Phase Diagram of HgTe -ZnTe Pseudobinary and Density, Heat Capacity, and Enthalphy of Mixing of Hg(sub 1-x)Zn(sub x)Te Pseudobinary Melts

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    Su, Ching-Hua; Sha, Yi-Gao; Mazuruk, K.; Lehoczky, S. L.

    1996-01-01

    In this article, the solidus temperatures of the Hg(sub 1-x) Zn(sub x)Te pseudobinary phase diagram for several compositions in the low x region were measured by differential thermal analysis and the HgTe-ZnTe pseudobinary phase diagram was constructed. The densities of two HgZnTe melts, x = 0.10 and 0.16, were determined by an in situ pycnometric technique in a transparent furnace over, respectively, 110 and 50 C ranges of temperature. The thermodynamic properties of the melts, such as the heat capacity and enthalpy of mixing, were calculated for temperatures between the liquidus and 1500 C by assuming an associated solution model for the liquid phase.

  19. Defect structure of Cd{sub x}Hg{sub 1-x}Te films grown by liquid-phase epitaxy, studied by means of low-energy ion treatment

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    Izhnin, I. I. Izhnin, A. I.; Fitsych, E. I.; Smirnova, N. A.; Denisov, I. A.; Pociask, M.; Mynbaev, K. D.

    2011-09-15

    Treatment with low-energy ions and measurements of electrical parameters of samples have been used to study the defect structure of Cd{sub x}Hg{sub 1-x}Te films grown by liquid-phase epitaxy. The films contain neutral defects supposedly associated with tellurium nanoinclusions. Ion treatment electrically activates these defects, with a high concentration of donor centers ({approx}10{sup 17} cm{sup -3}) created in the films. These defects decompose in {approx}10{sup 3} min of aging at room temperature. Then the properties of the material are determined by the concentration of residual donors, which is found to be very low (down to {approx}10{sup 14} cm{sup -3}) for the films under study.

  20. Homo- and heterovalent substitutions in the new clathrates I Si30P16Te(8-x)Se(x) and Si(30+x)P(16-x)Te(8-x)Br(x): synthesis, crystal structure, and thermoelectric properties.

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    Abramchuk, Nikolay S; Carrillo-Cabrera, Wilder; Veremchuk, Igor; Oeschler, Niels; Olenev, Andrei V; Prots, Yurii; Burkhardt, Ulrich; Dikarev, Evgeny V; Grin, Juri; Shevelkov, Andrei V

    2012-11-01

    The new cationic clathrates I Si(30)P(16)Te(8-x)Se(x) and Si(30+x)P(16-x)Te(8-x)Br(x) were synthesized by the standard ampule technique. The Si(30)P(16)Te(8-x)Se(x) (x = 0-2.3) clathrates crystallize in the cubic space group Pm3̅n with the unit cell parameter a ranging from 9.9382(2) to 9.9696(1) Å. In the case of the Si(30+x)P(16-x)Te(8-x)Br(x) (x = 1-6.4) clathrates, the lattice parameter varies from 9.9720(8) to 10.0405(1) Å; at lower Si/P ratios (x = 1-3) the ordering of bromine atoms induces the splitting of the guest positions and causes the transformation from the space group Pm3n to Pm3. Irrespective of the structure peculiarities, the normal temperature motion of the guest atoms inside the oversized cages of the framework is observed. The title clathrates possess very low thermal expansion coefficients ranging from 6.6 × 10(-6) to 1.0 × 10(-5) K(-1) in the temperature range of 298-1100 K. The characteristic Debye temperature is about 490 K. Measurements of the electrical resistivity and thermopower showed typical behavior of p-type thermally activated semiconductors, whereas the temperature behavior of the thermal conductivity is glasslike and in general consistent with the PGEC concept. The highest value of the thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT = 0.1) was achieved for the Br-bearing clathrate Si(32.1(2))P(13.9(2))Te(6.6(2))Br(1.0(1)) at 750 K. PMID:23072375

  1. 'Microquasars' and the X-ray background

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    Elvis, M.

    1984-01-01

    The recent discovery of small active nuclei (via emission lines) in normal spiral galaxies greatly expands the range of the quasar phenomenon. By using the relationship between Lx and L(H-alpha) found in more luminous Seyfert galaxies and assuming that it holds for smaller active nuclei, a bivariate X-ray luminosity function can be calculated. This luminosity function fits naturally onto the higher luminosity X-ray luminosity function derived from the HEAO-1/A2 survey. The contribution to the X-ray background from small active nuclei hiding in large spiral galaxies is greater than 15 percent.

  2. A PROPELLER-EFFECT INTERPRETATION OF MAXI/GSC LIGHT CURVES OF 4U 1608-52 AND Aql X-1 AND APPLICATION TO XTE J1701-462

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    Asai, K.; Matsuoka, M.; Mihara, T.; Sugizaki, M.; Serino, M.; Nakahira, S.; Negoro, H.; Ueda, Y.; Yamaoka, K.

    2013-08-20

    We present the luminosity dwell-time distributions during the hard states of two low-mass X-ray binaries containing a neutron star (NS), 4U 1608-52 and Aql X-1, observed with MAXI/GSC. The luminosity distributions show a steep cutoff on the low-luminosity side at {approx}1.0 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 36} erg s{sup -1} in both sources. The cutoff implies a rapid luminosity decrease in their outburst decay phases and this decrease can be interpreted as being due to the propeller effect. We estimate the surface magnetic field of 4U 1608-52 to be (0.5-1.6) Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 8} G and Aql X-1 to be (0.6-1.9) Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 8} G from the cutoff luminosity and apply the same propeller mechanism to the similar rapid luminosity decrease observed in the transient Z source, XTE J1701-462, with RXTE/ASM. Assuming that the spin period of the NS is on the order of milliseconds, the observed cutoff luminosity implies a surface magnetic field on the order of 10{sup 9} G.

  3. A Propeller-effect Interpretation of MAXI/GSC Light Curves of 4U 1608-52 and Aql X-1 and Application to XTE J1701-462

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    Asai, K.; Matsuoka, M.; Mihara, T.; Sugizaki, M.; Serino, M.; Nakahira, S.; Negoro, H.; Ueda, Y.; Yamaoka, K.

    2013-08-01

    We present the luminosity dwell-time distributions during the hard states of two low-mass X-ray binaries containing a neutron star (NS), 4U 1608-52 and Aql X-1, observed with MAXI/GSC. The luminosity distributions show a steep cutoff on the low-luminosity side at ~1.0 × 1036 erg s-1 in both sources. The cutoff implies a rapid luminosity decrease in their outburst decay phases and this decrease can be interpreted as being due to the propeller effect. We estimate the surface magnetic field of 4U 1608-52 to be (0.5-1.6) × 108 G and Aql X-1 to be (0.6-1.9) × 108 G from the cutoff luminosity and apply the same propeller mechanism to the similar rapid luminosity decrease observed in the transient Z source, XTE J1701-462, with RXTE/ASM. Assuming that the spin period of the NS is on the order of milliseconds, the observed cutoff luminosity implies a surface magnetic field on the order of 109 G.

  4. Recent Radio Results on X-ray Binaries and Transients

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    Rupen, M. P.; Dhawan, V.; Mioduszewski, A. J.

    2003-03-01

    We present recent results from observations with the Very Large Array (VLA) and Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) on a number of recent X-ray transients, and a few old friends. In addition to any new X-ray transients discovered between now and the HEAD meeting, we discuss the radio counterpart to XTE J1720-318; the recent resurgence of XTE J1908+094 and GRS 1758-258; the connection between the radio and X-ray emission in the millisecond X-ray pulsars XTE J0929-314 and SAX J1808.4-3658; and VLBA imaging of the 1999 outburst of the microquasar V4641 Sgr, confirming the rapid expansion seen with the VLA. The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc.

  5. MASTER: optical V404 Cyg microquasar wake up

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    Lipunov, V.; Gorbovskoy, E.; Tiurina, N.; Kornilov, V.; Vlasenko, D.; Gorbunov, I.; Vladimirov, V.; Yurkov, V.; Sergienko, Yu.; Gabovich, A.; Budnev, N.; Gress, O.; Ivanov, K.

    2015-12-01

    MASTER-Amur ( Lipunov et al., "MASTER Global Robotic Net", Advances in Astronomy, 2010, 349171 ) starts observations of current V404 activity (Swift trigger 668097, S.D.Barthelmy et al. GCN #18716) at 2015-12-23 09:14:02 UT (V.Yurkov et al., GCN #18717 ) just after the sunset . MASTER-Tunka starts alert observations of V404 at 2015-12-23 10:16:20 UT (just after the sunset, 17447 sec after notice time and 17787 sec after trigger time).

  6. The Microquasar Cyg X-1: A Short Review

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    Nowak, M. A.; Wilms, J.; Hanke, M.; Pottschmidt, K.; Markoff, S.

    2011-01-01

    We review the spectral properties of the black hole candidate Cygnus X-I. Specifically, we discuss two recent sets of multi-satellite observations. One comprises a 0.5-500 keY spectrum, obtained with eve!)' flying X-ray satellite at that time, that is among the hardest Cyg X-I spectra observed to date. The second set is comprised of 0.5-40 keV Chandra-HETG plus RXTE-PCA spectra from a radio-quiet, spectrally soft state. We first discuss the "messy astrophysics" often neglected in the study of Cyg X-I, i.e., ionized absorption from the wind of the secondary and the foreground dust scattering halo. We then discuss components common to both state extremes: a low temperature accretion disk, and a relativistically broadened Fe line and reflection. Hard state spectral models indicate that the disk inner edge does not extend beyond > or approx.= 40 GM/sq c , and may even approach as close as approx. = 6GM/sq c. The soft state exhibits a much more prominent disk component; however, its very low normalization plausibly indicates a spinning black hole in the Cyg X-I system. Key words. accretion, accretion disks - black hole physics - X-rays:binaries

  7. XTE Proposal #20102--"SS 433's High Energy Spectrum"

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    Band, David L.; Blanco, P.; Rothschild, R.; Kawai, N.; Kotani, T.; Oka, T.; Wagner, R. M.; Hjellming, R.; Rupen, M.; Brinkmann, W.

    1999-01-01

    We observed the jet-producing compact binary system SS 433 with RXTE during three multiwavelength campaigns, the first in conjunction with ASCA observations, the second simultaneous with a VLA-VLBA-MERLIN campaign, and the third associated with a Nobeyama millimeter-band campaign. All these campaigns included optical observations. Occurring at different jet precession and binary phases, the observations also monitored the system during a radio flare. The data provide SS 433's X-ray spectrum over more than an energy decade, and track the spectral variations as the X-ray source was partially eclipsed. The continuum can be modeled as a power law with an exponential cutoff, which can be detected to approximately 50 keV. Strong line emission is evident in the 5-10 keV range which can be modeled as a broad line whose energy is precession independent and a narrow line whose energy does vary with jet precession phase; this line model is clearly an over simplification since the PCA does not have sufficient energy resolution to detect the lines ASCA observed. The eclipses are deeper at high energy and at jet precession phases when the jets are more inclined towards and away from us. A large radio flare occurred between two sets of X-ray monitoring observations; an X-ray observation at the peak of the flare found a softer spectrum with a flux approximately 1/3 that of the quiescent level.

  8. Black Hole X Ray Nova Outburst with XTE and HST

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    Patterson, Joseph; Haswell, Carole

    1998-01-01

    We obtained multiwavelength coverage of the soft X-ray transient. GRO J1655-40 during its 1996 outburst, using HST (Hubble Space Telescope), RXTE (Rossi X Ray Timing Explorer), CGRO (Compton Gamma Ray Observatory), and ground-based facilities. This outburst was qualitatively different from other SXT (Soft X Ray Telescope) outbursts and from previous outbursts of this source. The onset of hard X-ray activity occurred very slowly, over several months, and was delayed relative to the soft X-ray rise. During this period, the optical fluxes declined steadily. This apparent anticorrelation is not consistent with with the standard disk instability model of SXT outbursts, nor is it expected if the optical output is dominated by reprocessed X-rays, as in persistent low-mass X-ray binaries. Based on the strength of the 2175-A interstellar absorption feature, we constrain the reddening to be E(B - V) = 1.2 plus or minus 0.1, a result which is consistent with the known properties of the source and with the strength of other interstellar absorption lines. After this dereddening we find that the spectra are dominated by a component peaking in the optical, with the expected v (sup l/3) disk spectrum seen only in the ultraviolet. Bowen fluorescence lines of NIII and OIII are also seen, as well as possible P Cyg profiles in the ultraviolet resonance lines. These features suggest an accretion-disk wind. The X-ray spectra broadly resemble the high/soft state commonly seen in black hole candidates, but evolve through two substates.

  9. Microquasar jets in the supernova remnant G11.2-0.3

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    Glushak, A. P.

    2014-01-01

    The radio and X-ray fine structure of the supernova remnant G11.2-0.3 is analyzed using VLA and Chandra data. A possible pair of bipolar X-ray jets inside the remnant shell was reported earlier; caps or terminal X-ray hot spots of these jets have now been discovered outside the shell. These hot spots lie on the jet axis, which is oriented in position angle 66° (measured from North through East). The proper motions of them are measured, and age is determined to be more than 160 years. The estimated physical parameters of the jets agree with the parameters of micro quasar jets. Three broad gaps with opening angles of 9° have been revealed in the radio shell, as well as radio bulges with opening angles of 2°-4° displaying tube-like structures at the shell periphery. Signs of the motion of material along position angle 124.5° have been found in the shell, suggesting the past activity of another pair of bipolar centrally symmetrical jets that were older than those first detected. These structural features provide direct evidence that the shell has been subject to multiple perforation by expanding fragments of matter from the supernova explosion, and by one or two pairs of bipolar jets with different orientations.

  10. Fermi-LAT Observation of Increased Gamma-ray Emission from the Microquasar Cygnus X-3

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    Loh, Alan; Corbel, Stephane; Dubus, Guillaume; Corbet, Robin

    2016-01-01

    Recently, the hard X-ray emission from the high-mass X-ray binary Cygnus X-3 has drastically dropped since 2016 Jan 11 (MJD 57398, as observed by Swift/BAT http://swift.gsfc.nasa.gov/results/transients/CygX-3/, Krimm et al. 2013, ApJS 209, 14) indicating a possible transition to the soft state.

  11. Interplay between heartbeat oscillations and wind outflow in microquasar IGR J17091-3624

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    Janiuk, Agnieszka; Grzedzielski, Mikolaj; Capitanio, Fiamma; Bianchi, Stefano

    2015-02-01

    Aims: During the bright outburst in 2011, the black hole candidate IGR J17091-3624 exhibited strong quasi-periodic flare-like events (on timescales of tens of seconds) in some characteristic states, the so-called heartbeat state. From the theoretical point of view, these oscillations may be modeled by the process of accretion disk instability, driven by the dominant radiation pressure and enhanced heating of the plasma. Although the mean accretion rate in this source is probably below the Eddington limit, the oscillations will still have large amplitudes. As the observations show, the source can exhibit strong wind outflow during the soft state. This wind may help to partially or even completely stabilize the heartbeat. Methods: Using our hydrodynamical code GLADIS, we modeled the evolution of an accretion disk responsible for X-ray emission of the source. We accounted for a variable wind outflow from the disk surface. We examined the data archive from the Chandra and XMM-Newton satellites to find the observed limitations on the wind physical properties, such as its velocity and ionization state. We also investigated the long-term evolution of this source, which lasted over about 600 days of observations, using the data collected by the Swift and RXTE satellites. During this long period, the oscillations pattern and the observable wind properties changed systematically. Results: We found that this source probably exhibits observable outbursts of appropriate timescales and amplitudes as a result of the disk instability. Our model requires a substantial wind component to explain the proper variability pattern, and even complete suppression of flares in some states. The wind mass-loss rate extracted from the data agrees quantitatively well with our scenario.

  12. EXTENDED X-RAY EMISSION IN THE VICINITY OF THE MICROQUASAR LS 5039: PULSAR WIND NEBULA?

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    Durant, Martin; Kargaltsev, Oleg; Pavlov, George G.; Chang, Chulhoon; Garmire, Gordon P.

    2011-07-01

    LS 5039 is a high-mass binary with a period of 4 days, containing a compact object and an O-star, one of the few high-mass binaries detected in {gamma}-rays. Our Chandra Advanced CCD Imaging Spectrometer observation of LS 5039 provided a high-significance ({approx}10{sigma}) detection of extended emission clearly visible for up to 1' from the point source. The spectrum of this emission can be described by an absorbed power-law model with photon index {Gamma} = 1.9 {+-} 0.3, somewhat softer than the point-source spectrum {Gamma} = 1.44 {+-} 0.07, with the same absorption, N{sub H} = (6.4 {+-} 0.6) x 10{sup 21} cm{sup -2}. The observed 0.5-8 keV flux of the extended emission is {approx_equal} 8.8 x 10{sup -14} erg s{sup -1}cm{sup -2} or 5% of the point-source flux; the latter is a factor of {approx}2 lower than the lowest flux detected so far. Fainter extended emission with comparable flux and a softer ({Gamma} {approx} 3) spectrum is detected at even greater radii (up to 2'). Two possible interpretations of the extended emission are a dust scattering halo and a synchrotron nebula powered by energetic particles escaping the binary. We discuss both of these scenarios and favor the nebula interpretation, although some dust contribution is possible. We have also found transient sources located within a narrow stripe south of LS 5039. We discuss the likelihood of these sources to be related to LS 5039.

  13. Faraday Structure of the Jets of the Microquasar SS433. I. Rotation Measure Distribution

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    Kosowsky, Michael; Roberts, David H.; Wardle, John F. C.

    2014-06-01

    We report a detailed study of the Faraday rotation in the jets of SS433 using five epochs of data from the Jansky VLA. Observations spanning 4.5-8.5 GHz were used to create linear polarization images in multiple spectral windows using CASA, and the data passed to AIPS for analysis. We used both the traditional rotation measure derivation task RM and the Faraday rotation measure synthesis task FARS to derive the distribution of the Faraday rotation measure ("RM") across the source. We find it to be non-uniform, indicating that at least part of the RM is local to the source. We track the evolution of the RM structure over a period of about 50 days and find significant changes, further supporting the local origin of some of the rotation. In a companion paper we attempt to correlate the RM structure with the well-known 3-D morphology of the jets.

  14. THE NOT-SO-MASSIVE BLACK HOLE IN THE MICROQUASAR GRS1915+105

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    Steeghs, D.; Parsons, S. G.; McClintock, J. E.; Reid, M. J.; Littlefair, S.; Dhillon, V. S.

    2013-05-10

    We present a new dynamical study of the black hole X-ray transient GRS1915+105 making use of near-infrared spectroscopy obtained with X-shooter at the Very Large Telescope. We detect a large number of donor star absorption features across a wide range of wavelengths spanning the H and K bands. Our 24 epochs covering a baseline of over 1 yr permit us to determine a new binary ephemeris including a refined orbital period of P = 33.85 {+-} 0.16 days. The donor star radial velocity curves deliver a significantly improved determination of the donor semi-amplitude which is both accurate (K{sub 2} = 126 {+-} 1 km s{sup -1}) and robust against choice of donor star template and spectral features used. We furthermore constrain the donor star's rotational broadening to vsin i = 21 {+-} 4 km s{sup -1}, delivering a binary mass ratio of q = 0.042 {+-} 0.024. If we combine these new constraints with distance and inclination estimates derived from modeling the radio emission, a black hole mass of M{sub BH} = 10.1 {+-} 0.6 M{sub Sun} is inferred, paired with an evolved mass donor of M{sub 2} = 0.47 {+-} 0.27 M{sub Sun }. Our analysis suggests a more typical black hole mass for GRS1915+105 rather than the unusually high values derived in the pioneering dynamical study by Greiner et al. Our data demonstrate that high-resolution infrared spectroscopy of obscured accreting binaries can deliver dynamical mass determinations with a precision on par with optical studies.

  15. Bright radio emission from an ultraluminous stellar-mass microquasar in M 31.

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    Middleton, Matthew J; Miller-Jones, James C A; Markoff, Sera; Fender, Rob; Henze, Martin; Hurley-Walker, Natasha; Scaife, Anna M M; Roberts, Timothy P; Walton, Dominic; Carpenter, John; Macquart, Jean-Pierre; Bower, Geoffrey C; Gurwell, Mark; Pietsch, Wolfgang; Haberl, Frank; Harris, Jonathan; Daniel, Michael; Miah, Junayd; Done, Chris; Morgan, John S; Dickinson, Hugh; Charles, Phil; Burwitz, Vadim; Della Valle, Massimo; Freyberg, Michael; Greiner, Jochen; Hernanz, Margarita; Hartmann, Dieter H; Hatzidimitriou, Despina; Riffeser, Arno; Sala, Gloria; Seitz, Stella; Reig, Pablo; Rau, Arne; Orio, Marina; Titterington, David; Grainge, Keith

    2013-01-10

    A subset of ultraluminous X-ray sources (those with luminosities of less than 10(40) erg s(-1); ref. 1) are thought to be powered by the accretion of gas onto black holes with masses of ∼5-20M cicled dot, probably by means of an accretion disk. The X-ray and radio emission are coupled in such Galactic sources; the radio emission originates in a relativistic jet thought to be launched from the innermost regions near the black hole, with the most powerful emission occurring when the rate of infalling matter approaches a theoretical maximum (the Eddington limit). Only four such maximal sources are known in the Milky Way, and the absorption of soft X-rays in the interstellar medium hinders the determination of the causal sequence of events that leads to the ejection of the jet. Here we report radio and X-ray observations of a bright new X-ray source in the nearby galaxy M 31, whose peak luminosity exceeded 10(39) erg s(-1). The radio luminosity is extremely high and shows variability on a timescale of tens of minutes, arguing that the source is highly compact and powered by accretion close to the Eddington limit onto a black hole of stellar mass. Continued radio and X-ray monitoring of such sources should reveal the causal relationship between the accretion flow and the powerful jet emission. PMID:23235823

  16. Chandra Discovers the X-ray Signature of a Powerful Wind from a Galactic Microquasar

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    2000-11-01

    NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has detected, for the first time in X rays, a stellar fingerprint known as a P Cygni profile--the distinctive spectral signature of a powerful wind produced by an object in space. The discovery reveals a 4.5-million-mile-per-hour wind coming from a highly compact pair of stars in our galaxy, report researchers from Penn State and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in a paper they will present on 8 November 2000 during a meeting of the High-Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical Society in Honolulu, Hawaii. The paper also has been accepted for publication in The Astrophysical Journal Letters. "To our knowledge, these are the first P Cygni profiles reported in X rays," say researchers Niel Brandt, assistant professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State, and Norbert S. Schulz, research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The team made the discovery during their first observation of a binary-star system with the Chandra X-ray Observatory, which was launched into space in July 1999. The system, known as Circinus X-1, is located about 20,000 light years from Earth in the constellation Circinus near the Southern Cross. It contains a super-dense neutron star in orbit around a normal fusion-burning star like our Sun. Although Circinus X-1 was discovered in 1971, many properties of this system remain mysterious because Circinus X-1 lies in the galactic plane where obscuring dust and gas have blocked its effective study in many wavelengths. The P Cygni spectral profile, previously detected primarily at ultraviolet and optical wavelengths but never before in X rays, is the textbook tool astronomers rely on for probing stellar winds. The profile looks like the outline of a roller coaster, with one really big hill and valley in the middle, on a data plot with velocity on one axis and the flow rate of photons per second on the other. It is named after the famous star P Cygni, in which such profiles have been observed for over one hundred years. "When you see a P Cygni profile, you immediately know the object you are observing is producing a powerful outflow," Brandt says. Chandra is the first X-ray observatory capable of capturing data of sufficiently high resolution to reveal an X-ray P Cygni profile. Brandt and Schulz say their discovery occurred because they were able to use Chandra continuously for one-third of a day to observe Circinus X-1, plus its signal in X rays is generally very bright, partly because it is relatively nearby in our own Galaxy. P Cygni lines at ultraviolet or optical wavelengths had not been previously seen from Circinus X-1 because a large amount of dust in the galactic plane lies between Earth and this system and this dust is an efficient absorber of ultraviolet and optical light. However, the energetic X rays created by Circinus X-1 could easily penetrate through the obscuring dust and gas--similar to the way medical X-rays on Earth can penetrate through people's bodies. "We were hoping to detect some kind of X-ray line emission from the accreting neutron star in Circinus X-1, but it caught us totally by surprise to observe a complex emission structure like a P Cygni profile in high-energy X rays." schulz says. "This detection clearly marks a new area in X-ray astrophysics, where we will be able to study dynamical structures in the universe like we currently do at ultraviolet or optical wavelengths." Brandt and Schulz used two of Chandra's instruments, known together as the High-Energy Transmission Grating Spectrometer (HETGS), to detect the X rays and produce a high-resolution X-ray spectrum of Circinus X-1. This spectrum is analogous to the rainbow we can see at optical wavelengths. "Chandra's X-ray spectrum is 50 times more detailed than previous X-ray observatories could obtain," Schulz says. First, the super-fine transmission gratings acted like a prism to separate the X-rays into discrete energy bands. Then, the Advanced CCD Imaging Spectrometer (ACIS) was used as a

  17. Fractal analysis of light curves for the microquasar GX 339-4

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    Prosvetov, A. V.; Grebenev, S. A.

    2014-11-01

    Results of a fractal analysis of the X-ray light curves from accreting black holes in low-mass binary systems are presented for the object GX 339-4 as an example. The fractal dimension of the light curves is shown to be strongly dependent on the presence of quasi-periodic oscillations (QPOs) in the observations. A correlation between the fractal dimension of the light curves and the frequency of the QPO peak has been revealed. A method supplementary to a Fourier analysis that allows the pattern of accretion disk emission as a function of time scales to be investigated is proposed. The results of this analysis can be explained if the accretion disk is separated by the QPO region into two zones with different emission parameters.

  18. Chandra Discovers the X-ray Signature of a Powerful Wind from a Galactic Microquasar

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    2000-11-01

    NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has detected, for the first time in X rays, a stellar fingerprint known as a P Cygni profile--the distinctive spectral signature of a powerful wind produced by an object in space. The discovery reveals a 4.5-million-mile-per-hour wind coming from a highly compact pair of stars in our galaxy, report researchers from Penn State and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in a paper they will present on 8 November 2000 during a meeting of the High-Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical Society in Honolulu, Hawaii. The paper also has been accepted for publication in The Astrophysical Journal Letters. "To our knowledge, these are the first P Cygni profiles reported in X rays," say researchers Niel Brandt, assistant professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State, and Norbert S. Schulz, research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The team made the discovery during their first observation of a binary-star system with the Chandra X-ray Observatory, which was launched into space in July 1999. The system, known as Circinus X-1, is located about 20,000 light years from Earth in the constellation Circinus near the Southern Cross. It contains a super-dense neutron star in orbit around a normal fusion-burning star like our Sun. Although Circinus X-1 was discovered in 1971, many properties of this system remain mysterious because Circinus X-1 lies in the galactic plane where obscuring dust and gas have blocked its effective study in many wavelengths. The P Cygni spectral profile, previously detected primarily at ultraviolet and optical wavelengths but never before in X rays, is the textbook tool astronomers rely on for probing stellar winds. The profile looks like the outline of a roller coaster, with one really big hill and valley in the middle, on a data plot with velocity on one axis and the flow rate of photons per second on the other. It is named after the famous star P Cygni, in which such profiles have been observed for over one hundred years. "When you see a P Cygni profile, you immediately know the object you are observing is producing a powerful outflow," Brandt says. Chandra is the first X-ray observatory capable of capturing data of sufficiently high resolution to reveal an X-ray P Cygni profile. Brandt and Schulz say their discovery occurred because they were able to use Chandra continuously for one-third of a day to observe Circinus X-1, plus its signal in X rays is generally very bright, partly because it is relatively nearby in our own Galaxy. P Cygni lines at ultraviolet or optical wavelengths had not been previously seen from Circinus X-1 because a large amount of dust in the galactic plane lies between Earth and this system and this dust is an efficient absorber of ultraviolet and optical light. However, the energetic X rays created by Circinus X-1 could easily penetrate through the obscuring dust and gas--similar to the way medical X-rays on Earth can penetrate through people's bodies. "We were hoping to detect some kind of X-ray line emission from the accreting neutron star in Circinus X-1, but it caught us totally by surprise to observe a complex emission structure like a P Cygni profile in high-energy X rays." schulz says. "This detection clearly marks a new area in X-ray astrophysics, where we will be able to study dynamical structures in the universe like we currently do at ultraviolet or optical wavelengths." Brandt and Schulz used two of Chandra's instruments, known together as the High-Energy Transmission Grating Spectrometer (HETGS), to detect the X rays and produce a high-resolution X-ray spectrum of Circinus X-1. This spectrum is analogous to the rainbow we can see at optical wavelengths. "Chandra's X-ray spectrum is 50 times more detailed than previous X-ray observatories could obtain," Schulz says. First, the super-fine transmission gratings acted like a prism to separate the X-rays into discrete energy bands. Then, the Advanced CCD Imaging Spectrometer (ACIS) was used as a camera to record the X-ray spectral data, which computers processed and plotted onto a graph, revealing the P Cygni signature. Specific elements, such as silicon or iron, emit specific X-ray wavelengths, revealing their presence in the emitting material to astronomers. Before the observation with Chandra, astronomers knew the force of gravity in an X-ray binary system strips material off the surface of the normal star and then pulls this material toward the surface of the super-dense neutron star, forming a relatively flat spiraling cloud of gas called an accretion disk. The detailed Chandra data revealed, in addition, that the radiation and rotational forces in the Circinus X-1 disk are blasting some of the inward-spiraling gas back out into space in a powerful wind, which creates the P Cygni lines in the object's spectrum. P Cygni profiles carry much diagnostic information that is hard to obtain in other ways--such as how fast the wind is moving, how much material it contains, how dense it is, and its chemical composition. "The wind coming out of Circinus X-1 is composed of gas that contains highly ionized atoms of silicon, neon, iron, magnesium, and sulfur, and its peak observed velocity is about 4.5 million miles per hour--so fast it would cross the entire radius of the Earth in about three seconds," Brandt reports. The astronomers used Doppler techniques that detect positive velocities from material moving away from Earth, with signals shifted toward the red end of the spectrum, and negative velocities from material that is coming toward Earth, with signals shifted toward the blue end of the spectrum. "We learned these two stars clearly interact dramatically with each other while this wind is blowing outward at high velocity, which appears to be causing certain properties of the wind to change over time," Schulz says. The researchers produced a time-lapse movie of one of their spectra, which is available on the World Wide Web, along with other information about the discovery, at http://www.astro.psu.edu/users/niel/cirx1/cirx1.html. A binary-star system 20,000 light years from Earth in the constellation of Circinus. Animation showing the strong variability over time of one of the P Cygni spectral lines seen by Chandra from Circinus X-1 (Click Image to View Animation) Credit: Niel Brandt and Norbert Schulz (Note: This animation is the same as the one referred to in the above paragraph) Atoms irradiated with energetic X-rays can emit as well as absorb them at specific wavelengths. Whether astronomers observe emission or absorption depends on the state and environment of the irradiated atoms, so these processes carry vital information about the emitting and absorbing material. Regarding the time-lapse movie, Schulz commented "You can see this profile flipping up and down between a strong emission line on the red side and a strong absorption line on the blue side. We don't yet fully understand what this means, but it does indicate the dynamic nature of this system. We see indications that sometimes either the emitting or the absorbing region gets obscured by matter so thick that not even X rays can penetrate it." The researchers say one reason their discovery that Circinus X-1 has a high-velocity wind is important is that this small two-star system now has striking similarities with a type of luminous active galaxy known as a broad-absorption-line quasar. Broad-absorption-line quasars are galaxies containing a violent centers powered by supermassive black holes. "This type of galaxy has an accretion disk circling its black hole plus very powerful winds created when radiation pushes material off of the disk and out into space," Brandt says. "The disk winds from broad-absorption-line quasars create P Cygni lines in the spectra of these objects. Circinus X-1, with the newly detected X-ray P Cygni profiles, appears in many ways to be a microscopic version of a broad-absorption-line quasar." "Although a typical AGN has a roughly ten-million-solar-mass black hole at its center while the Circinus X-1 system has a neutron star only slightly more massive than our Sun, both systems must obey the same laws of physics," Brandt says. "Gas is gas and gravity is gravity and that's all there is to it--you put gas and gravity together and they make a disk and often, apparently, a disk-generated wind." The researchers hope X-ray P Cygni profiles will be found to be a fairly common property of X-ray binaries containing neutron stars and black holes. "If we can find X-ray P Cygni profiles in more systems, we can learn a great deal about the geometry and the dynamics of the winds these systems emit," Schulz says. "Due to the penetrating nature of X rays, X-ray P Cygni lines have the significant advantage that they can be used to probe winds even from systems that are heavily obscured by dust along the line of sight." The High-Energy Transmission Grating Spectrometer was built by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Bruno Rossi Professor Claude Canizares as Principal Investigator. The ACIS X-ray camera was conceived and developed for NASA by Penn State and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the leadership of Gordon Garmire, Evan Pugh Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Penn State. The observation of Circinus X-1 was part of the first round of Chandra's guest observer program. The guest observer program is a competitive one open to the World science community. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, manages the Chandra program. TRW Inc., Redondo Beach, California, is the prime contractor for the spacecraft. The Smithsonian's Chandra X-ray Center controls science and flight operations from Cambridge, Massachusetts. Circinus X-1 Handout Constellation Circinus To follow Chandra's progress, visit the Chandra site at: http://chandra.harvard.edu AND http://chandra.nasa.gov This research was supported by the Chandra X-ray Center, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. This is a joint press release from Penn State and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Digital images and movies are available on the World Wide Web at http://www.astro.psu.edu/users/niel/cirx1/cirx1.html Science Contacts: Niel Brandt: 814-865-3509 Norbert S. Schulz: 617-258-5767 Barbara K. Kennedy (PIO at Penn State): 814-863-4682 Deborah Halber (PIO at MIT): 617-253-2700 or 617-258-9276

  19. The Not-so-massive Black Hole in the Microquasar GRS1915+105

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    Steeghs, D.; McClintock, J. E.; Parsons, S. G.; Reid, M. J.; Littlefair, S.; Dhillon, V. S.

    2013-05-01

    We present a new dynamical study of the black hole X-ray transient GRS1915+105 making use of near-infrared spectroscopy obtained with X-shooter at the Very Large Telescope. We detect a large number of donor star absorption features across a wide range of wavelengths spanning the H and K bands. Our 24 epochs covering a baseline of over 1 yr permit us to determine a new binary ephemeris including a refined orbital period of P = 33.85 ± 0.16 days. The donor star radial velocity curves deliver a significantly improved determination of the donor semi-amplitude which is both accurate (K 2 = 126 ± 1 km s-1) and robust against choice of donor star template and spectral features used. We furthermore constrain the donor star's rotational broadening to vsin i = 21 ± 4 km s-1, delivering a binary mass ratio of q = 0.042 ± 0.024. If we combine these new constraints with distance and inclination estimates derived from modeling the radio emission, a black hole mass of M BH = 10.1 ± 0.6 M ⊙ is inferred, paired with an evolved mass donor of M 2 = 0.47 ± 0.27 M ⊙. Our analysis suggests a more typical black hole mass for GRS1915+105 rather than the unusually high values derived in the pioneering dynamical study by Greiner et al. Our data demonstrate that high-resolution infrared spectroscopy of obscured accreting binaries can deliver dynamical mass determinations with a precision on par with optical studies.

  20. Using XTE as Part of the IPN to Derive Accurate GRB Locations

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    Barthelmy, S.

    1998-01-01

    The objective of this final report was to integrate the Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer PCA into the 3rd Interplanetary Network of gamma-ray burst detectors, to allow more bursts to be detected and accurately localized. Although the necessary software was implemented to do this at Goddard and at UC Berkeley, several factors made a full integration impossible or impractical.

  1. Black Hole X-Ray Nova Outburst with XTE and HST

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    Patterson, Joseph; Haswell, Carole

    1999-01-01

    We obtained multiwavelength coverage of the soft X-ray transient GRO J1655-40 during its 1996 outburst, using HST, RXTE, CGRO, and ground-based facilities. This outburst was qualitatively different from other SXT outbursts and from previous outbursts of this source. The onset of hard X-ray activity occurred very slowly, over several months, and was delayed relative to the soft X-ray rise. During this period, the optical fluxes declined steadily. This apparent anticorrelation is not consistent with with the standard disk instability model of SXT outbursts, nor is it expected if the optical output is dominated by reprocessed X-rays, as in persistent low-mass X-ray binaries. .

  2. Broad-Band Measurements of Cen X-3 With XTE and CGRO

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    Vestrand, W. Thomas

    1999-01-01

    Centaurus X-3 has played a key role in the development of our understanding of galactic x-ray binary sources. Timing analysis of the UHURU x-ray observations for the luminous Cen X-3 source (L approximately 10(exp 38) erg/s) revealed the first evidence for coherent x-ray pulsations from an object in a binary system (Giaconni 1971; Schreier 1972). It was quickly understood that the luminous pulsed x-ray emission could be generated by the accretion of matter from a companion star onto a rotating neutron star and led to the adoption of binary star models as the fundamental model for galactic x-ray sources (e.g. Pringle and Rees 1972; Lamb 1973). Based on modeling and refined observations since the original measurements, we now believe that Cen X-3 is a high mass x-ray binary system that contains a disk-fed pulsar with a period of 4.84 seconds that is in a 2.087 day orbit around an O-star companion. Since the pulsar discovery, its period has been intermittently monitored and those studies show a long term spin-up of the pulsar punctuated by short intervals of spin-down (e.g. Finger 1994). The implied torques are thought to originate from the interaction of an accretion disk with the magnetic field of a neutron star (Ghosh and Lamb 1979).

  3. Physical properties of Ce3-xTe4 below room temperature

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    May, Andrew F; McGuire, Michael A; Cantoni, Claudia; Sales, Brian C

    2012-01-01

    The physical properties of polycrystalline Ce{sub 3-x}Te{sub 4} were investigated by measurements of the thermoelectric properties, Hall coefficient, heat capacity, and magnetization. The fully filled, metallic x = 0 compound displays a soft ferromagnetic transition near 4 K, and analysis of the corresponding heat capacity anomaly suggests a doublet ground state for Ce{sup 3+}. The transition is suppressed to below 2 K in the insulating x = 0.33 composition, revealing that magnetic order in Ce{sub 3-x}Te{sub 4} is driven by a Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida (RKKY)-type interaction. The thermoelectric properties trend with composition as expected from simple electron counting, and the transport properties in Ce{sub 3}Te{sub 4} are observed to be similar to those in La{sub 3}Te{sub 4}. Trends in the low-temperature thermal conductivity data reveal that the phonons are efficiently scattered by electrons, while all compositions examined have a lattice thermal conductivity near 1.2 W/m K{sup -1} at 200 K.

  4. A SEYFERT-2-LIKE SPECTRUM IN THE HIGH-MASS X-RAY BINARY MICROQUASAR V4641 SGR

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    Morningstar, Warren R.; Miller, Jon M.; Reynolds, M. T.; Maitra, Dipankar E-mail: jonmm@umich.edu

    2014-05-10

    We present an analysis of three archival Chandra observations of the black hole V4641 Sgr, performed during a decline into quiescence. The last two observations in the sequence can be modeled with a simple power law. The first spectrum, however, is remarkably similar to spectra observed in Seyfert-2 active galactic nuclei, which arise through a combination of obscuration and reflection from distant material. This spectrum of V4641 Sgr can be fit extremely well with a model including partial-covering absorption and distant reflection. This model recovers a Γ ≅ 2.0 power-law incident spectrum, typical of black holes at low Eddington fractions. The implied geometry is plausible in a high-mass X-ray binary like V4641 Sgr, and may be as compelling as explanations invoking Doppler-split line pairs in a jet, and/or unusual Comptonization. We discuss potential implications and means of testing these models.

  5. Implicit integrations for SPH in semi-Lagrangian approach: Application to the accretion disc modeling in a microquasar

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    Lanzafame, G.

    2013-03-01

    Current explicit integration techniques in fluid dynamics are deeply limited by the Courant-Friedrichs-Lewy condition of the time step progression, based on the adopted spatial resolution coupled with the maximum value between the kinetic velocity or the signal transmission speed in the computational domain. Eulerian implicit integration techniques, even though more time consuming, can allow us to perform stable computational fluid dynamics paying the price of a relatively larger inaccuracy in the calculations, without suffering such a strict temporal limitation. In this paper, we present a simple and effective scheme to perform free Lagrangian Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) implicit integrations in the semi-Lagrangian approach without any Jacobian matrix inversion operations for viscous Navier-Stokes flows. Applications to SPH accretion disc simulation around a massive black hole (MBH) in a binary stellar system are shown, together with the comparison to the same results obtained according to the traditional explicit integration techniques. Some 1D and 2D critical tests are also discussed to check the validity of the technique.

  6. XTE Observations of the Intraday Variable BL LAC S5 0716+714 in a coordinated Multiwavelength Study

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    Worrall, D. M.

    2001-04-01

    S5 0716+714 was observed with the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) between 6 and 22 April 1996 as part of a multifrequency monitoring campaign for this source observed to show extreme intra-day variability (IDV) at a number of frequencies. There were 24 distinct epochs of observation ('views') with the RXTE Proportional Counter Array (PCA), each lasting on average 3-4 ks. There were a number of technical problems with the data. During view 10 no Proportional Counter Unit (PCU) was on. A gain change (from gain epoch 2 to gain epoch 3) took place during view 11, on 15 April 1996. No data were received for view 18. Views 10, 11 and 18 have been omitted from our analysis. There were two distinct pointings of the telescope in views 4 and 17 (all the other observations have only one pointing), and in many of the pointings the data are broken by periods where the high voltage was turned off during South Atlantic Anomaly (SAA) passages and Earth occultations. Originally no filter file was available for views 21 and 22, and for the second pointing of view 17, because housekeeping data were missing, but these data were supplied when the observations were reprocessed in early 1998. For most of the remaining observations only three PCUs were on; the exceptions are views 23, 24 (four PCUs) and 17, 19, 20, 21 and 22 (five PCUs). All working PCUs have been analyzed. The third part of the first pointing of view 17 was found to be very short and is discarded from our analysis. The second part of observation 2 is pointed far off-axis and is discarded.

  7. XTE Observations of the Intraday Variable BL LAC S5 0716+714 in a coordinated Multiwavelength Study

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    Worrall, D. M.; Swank, Jean (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    S5 0716+714 was observed with the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) between 6 and 22 April 1996 as part of a multifrequency monitoring campaign for this source observed to show extreme intra-day variability (IDV) at a number of frequencies. There were 24 distinct epochs of observation ('views') with the RXTE Proportional Counter Array (PCA), each lasting on average 3-4 ks. There were a number of technical problems with the data. During view 10 no Proportional Counter Unit (PCU) was on. A gain change (from gain epoch 2 to gain epoch 3) took place during view 11, on 15 April 1996. No data were received for view 18. Views 10, 11 and 18 have been omitted from our analysis. There were two distinct pointings of the telescope in views 4 and 17 (all the other observations have only one pointing), and in many of the pointings the data are broken by periods where the high voltage was turned off during South Atlantic Anomaly (SAA) passages and Earth occultations. Originally no filter file was available for views 21 and 22, and for the second pointing of view 17, because housekeeping data were missing, but these data were supplied when the observations were reprocessed in early 1998. For most of the remaining observations only three PCUs were on; the exceptions are views 23, 24 (four PCUs) and 17, 19, 20, 21 and 22 (five PCUs). All working PCUs have been analyzed. The third part of the first pointing of view 17 was found to be very short and is discarded from our analysis. The second part of observation 2 is pointed far off-axis and is discarded.

  8. Prediction of an arc-tunable Weyl Fermion metallic state in MoxW1-xTe2

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    Chang, Tay-Rong; Xu, Su-Yang; Chang, Guoqing; Lee, Chi-Cheng; Huang, Shin-Ming; Wang, BaoKai; Bian, Guang; Zheng, Hao; Sanchez, Daniel S.; Belopolski, Ilya; et al

    2016-02-15

    A Weyl semimetal is a new state of matter that hosts Weyl fermions as emergent quasiparticles. The Weyl fermions correspond to isolated points of bulk band degeneracy, Weyl nodes, which are connected only through the crystal’s boundary by exotic Fermi arcs. The length of the Fermi arc gives a measure of the topological strength, because the only way to destroy the Weyl nodes is to annihilate them in pairs in the reciprocal space. To date, Weyl semimetals are only realized in the TaAs class. Here, we propose a tunable Weyl state in MoxW1₋xTe2 where Weyl nodes are formed by touchingmore » points between metallic pockets. We show that the Fermi arc length can be changed as a function of Mo concentration, thus tuning the topological strength. Lastly,our results provide an experimentally feasible route to realizing Weyl physics in the layered compound MoxW1₋xTe2, where non-saturating magneto-resistance and pressure-driven superconductivity have been observed.« less

  9. Deep electronic levels in high-pressure Bridgman Cd{sub 1-x}Zn{sub x}Te

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    Szeles, C.; Shan, Y.Y.; Lynn, K.G.; Eissler, E.E.

    1995-12-01

    The behavior of deep electronic levels was studied as a function of Zn concentration in CdZnTe crystals grown by the high-pressure Bridgman technique using thermoelectric effect spectroscopy. A significant increase of the thermal ionization energies of hole traps was observed with the increasing Zn content of the ternary compound. The effect explains the stronger hole trapping and the resulting much shorter hole lifetime usually observed in CdZnTe as compared to CdTe. The behavior also suggests increased carrier recombination and explains the strong deterioration of electron collection in detectors fabricated from CdZnTe of high Zn concentration.

  10. Photoluminescence of Hg{sub 1-x}Cd{sub x}Te based heterostructures grown by molecular-beam epitaxy

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    Mynbaev, K. D. Bazhenov, N. L.; Ivanov-Omskii, V. I.; Mikhailov, N. N.; Yakushev, M. V.; Sorochkin, A. V.; Remesnik, V. G.; Dvoretsky, S. A.; Varavin, V. S.; Sidorov, Yu. G.

    2011-07-15

    Photoluminescence (PL) of Hg{sub 1-x}Cd{sub x}Te-based heterostructures grown by molecular-beam epitaxy (MBE) on GaAs and Si substrates has been studied. It is shown that a pronounced disruption of the long-range order in the crystal lattice is characteristic of structures of this kind. It is demonstrated that the observed disordering is mostly due to the nonequilibrium nature of MBE and can be partly eliminated by postgrowth thermal annealing. Low-temperature spectra of epitaxial layers and structures with wide potential wells are dominated by the recombination peak of an exciton localized in density-of-states tails; the energy of this peak is substantially lower than the energy gap. In quantum-well (QW) structures at low temperatures, the main PL peak is due to carrier recombination between QW levels and the energy of the emitted photon is strictly determined by the effective (with the QW levels taken into account) energy gap.