Relations between x-ray timing features and spectral parameters of galactic black hole x-ray binaries

Stiele, Holger and Belloni, Tomaso and Kalemci, Emrah and Motta, Sara (2013) Relations between x-ray timing features and spectral parameters of galactic black hole x-ray binaries. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 429 (3). pp. 2655-2661. ISSN 0035-8711 (Print) 1365-2966 (Online)

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We present a study of correlations between spectral and timing parameters for a sample of black hole X-ray binary candidates. Data are taken from GX 339-4, H 1743-322, and XTE J1650-500, as the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) observed complete outbursts of these sources. In our study we investigate outbursts that happened before the end of 2009 to make use of the high-energy coverage of the HEXTE detector and select observations that show a certain type of quasi-periodic oscillations (type-C QPOs). The spectral parameters are derived using the empirical convolution model simpl to model the Comptonized component of the emission together with a disc blackbody for the emission of the accretion disc. Additional spectral features, namely a reflection component, a high-energy cut-off, and excess emission at 6.4 keV, are taken into account. Our investigations confirm the known positive correlation between photon index and centroid frequency of the QPOs and reveal an anti-correlation between the fraction of up-scattered photons and the QPO frequency. We show that both correlations behave as expected in the “sombrero” geometry. Furthermore, we find that during outburst decay the correlation between photon index and QPO frequency follow a general track, independent of individual outbursts.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:black hole physics; binaries: close; X-rays: binaries; X-rays: individual: GX339-4; X-rays: individual: H1743-322; X-rays: individual: XTE J1650-500
Subjects:Q Science > QB Astronomy > QB460-466 Astrophysics
ID Code:22707
Deposited By:Emrah Kalemci
Deposited On:21 Jan 2014 22:27
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