The NuSTAR View of Reflection and Absorption In NGC 7582

E. Rivers, M. Balokovic, P. Arevalo, F. E. Bauer, S. E. Boggs, W. N. Brandt, M. Brightman, Finn Erland Christensen, W. W. Craig, P. Gandhi, C. J. Hailey, F. Harrison, M. Koss, C. Ricci, D. Stern, D. J. Walton, W. W. Zhang

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Abstract

NGC 7582 is a well-studied X-ray bright Seyfert 2 with moderately heavy (N-H similar to 10(23)-10(24) cm(-2)), highly variable absorption and strong reflection spectral features. The spectral shape changed around the year 2000, dropping in observed flux and becoming much more highly absorbed. Two scenarios have been put forth to explain this spectral change: (1) the central X-ray source partially "shut off" around this time, decreasing in intrinsic luminosity, with a delayed decrease in reflection features due to the light-crossing time of the Compton-thick material or (2) the source became more heavily obscured, with only a portion of the power law continuum leaking through. NuSTAR observed NGC 7582 twice in 2012, two weeks apart, in order to quantify the reflection using high-quality data above 10 keV. We find that the most plausible scenario is that NGC 7582 has recently become more heavily absorbed by a patchy torus with a covering fraction of similar to 80%-90% and an equatorial column density of similar to 3 x 10(24) cm(-2). We find the need for an additional highly variable full-covering absorber with N-H = (4-6) x 10(23) cm(-2) in the line of sight, possibly associated with a hidden broad line region.
Original languageEnglish
Article number55
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume815
Issue number1
Number of pages9
ISSN0004-637X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Galaxies: active
  • Galaxies: individual (NGC 7582)
  • X-rays: galaxies

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