Narrow components within the Fe Kα profile of NGC 3516: Evidence of the importance of general relativistic effects?

T. J. Turner*, R. F. Mushotzky, T. Yaqoob, I. M. George, S. L. Snowden, H. Netzer, S. B. Kraemer, K. Nandra, D. Chelouche

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Abstract

We present results from a simultaneous Chandra High Energy Transmission Grating and XMM-Newton observation of NGC 3516. We find evidence of several narrow components of Fe Kα along with a broad line. We consider the possibility that the lines arise in a blob of material ejected from the nucleus with velocity ∼0.25c. We also consider an origin in a neutral accretion disk, suffering enhanced illumination at 35Rg and 175Rg, perhaps as a result of magnetic reconnection. The presence of these narrow features indicates there is no Comptonizing region along the line of sight to the nucleus. This in turn is compelling support for the hypothesis that broad Fe Kα components are, in general, produced by strong gravity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L123-L127
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume574
Issue number2 II
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2002

Keywords

  • Galaxies: Seyfert
  • Galaxies: active
  • Galaxies: individual (NGC 3516)
  • Galaxies: nuclei

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