Wednesday, June 19, 2013

1306.4077 (Shruti Tripathi et al.)

Spectral variability of IRAS 18325-5926 and constraints on the geometry of the scattering medium    [PDF]

Shruti Tripathi, R. Misra, G. C. Dewangan, J. Cheeran, S. Abraham, N. S. Philip
We analyze Suzaku and XMM-Newton data of the highly variable Seyfert 2, IRAS 18325-5926. The spectra of the source are well modeled as a primary component described as an absorbed power law and a secondary power law component which is consistent with being scattered emission from an on-axis extended highly ionized medium. We show that while the primary component varies on a wide range of timescales from $10^{4} - 10^{8}$ s, the scattered emission is variable only on timescales longer than $10^{5}$ s. This implies that the extent of the scattering medium is greater than $10^{16}$ cm. The ratio of the scattered to primary flux ($\sim 0.03$) implies a column density for the scattering medium to be $\sim 10^{23}$ cm$^{-2}$. We argue that for such a medium to be highly ionized it must be located less than $10^{17}$ cm from the X-ray source. Thus we localize the position and extent of scattering region to be $\sim$ a few $\times 10^{16}$ cm, with an average particle density of $\sim 10^{6}$ cm$^{-3}$. We consider the physical interpretation of these results and as an aside, we confirm the presence of a broad Iron line emission in both the {\it XMM-Newton} and {\it Suzaku} observations.
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