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An integral monitoring of GRS1915+105: simultaneous observations with INTEGRAL, RXTE, the Ryle and Nancay radio telescopes

  • Rodriguez, J.
  • Pooley, G.
  • Hannikainen, D. C.
  • Lehto, H. J.
Publication Date
Nov 07, 2006
Submission Date
Nov 07, 2006
arXiv ID: astro-ph/0611218
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Since the launch of INTEGRAL in late 2002 we have monitored the Galactic microquasar GRS 1915+105 with long exposures (~100 ks) pointings. All the observations have been conducted simultaneously with other instruments, in particular RXTE and the Ryle Telescope, and in some cases with others (Spitzer, Nancay, GMRT, Suzaku,...). We report here the results of 3 observations performed simultaneously with INTEGRAL, RXTE, the Ryle and Nancay radio telescopes. These observations show the so-called $\nu$ and $\lambda$ classes of variability during which a high level of correlated X-ray and radio variability is observed. We study the connection between the accretion processes seen in the X-ray behaviour, and the ejections seen in radio. By observing ejection during class $\lambda$, we generalise the fact that the discrete ejections in GRS 1915+105 occur after sequences of X-ray hard dips/soft spikes, and identify the most likely trigger of the ejection through a spectral approach to our INTEGRAL data. We show that each ejection is very probably the result of the ejection of a Comptonising medium responsible for the hard X-ray emission seen above 15 keV with INTEGRAL. We study the rapid variability of the source, an find that the Low Frequency Quasi-Periodic Oscillations are present during the X-ray dips and show variable frequency. The ubiquity of this behaviour, and the following ejection may suggest a link between the QPO and the mechanism responsible for the ejection

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