The broad-band X-ray spectrum of IC 4329A from a joint NuSTAR/Suzaku observation

L. W. Brenneman, G. Madejski, F. Fuerst, G. Matt, M. Elvis, F. A. Harrison, D. R. Ballantyne, S. E. Boggs, Finn Erland Christensen, W. W. Craig, A. C. Fabian, B. W. Grefenstette, C. J. Hailey, K. K. Madsen, A. Marinucci, E. Rivers, D. Stern, D. J. Walton, W. W. Zhang

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Abstract

We have obtained a deep, simultaneous observation of the bright, nearby Seyfert galaxy IC 4329A with Suzaku andNuSTAR. Through a detailed spectral analysis, we are able to robustly separate the continuum, absorption, and distant reflection components in the spectrum. The absorbing column is found to be modest (∼6 × 1021 cm−2), and does not introduce any significant curvature in the Fe K band. We are able to place a strong constraint on the presence of a broadened Fe Kα line (Erest = 6.46−0.07+0.08 keV with σ = 0.33−0.07+0.08 keV and EW = 34−7+8 eV), though we are not able to constrain any of the parameters of a relativistic reflection model. These results highlight the range in broad Fe K line strengths observed in nearby, bright, active galactic nuclei (roughly an order of magnitude), and imply a corresponding range in the physical properties of the inner accretion disk in these sources. We have also updated our previously reported measurement of the high-energy cutoff of the hard X-ray emission using both observatories rather than justNuSTAR alone: Ecut = 186±14 keV. This high-energy cutoff acts as a proxy for the temperature of the coronal electron plasma, enabling us to further separate this parameter from the plasma’s optical depth and to update our results for these parameters as well. We derive kT = 50−3+6 keV with τ = 2.34−0.11+0.16 using a spherical geometry, kT = 61±1 keV with τ = 0.68±0.02 for a slab geometry, with both having an equivalent goodness-of-fit.
Original languageEnglish
Article number61
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume788
Issue number1
Number of pages10
ISSN0004-637X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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