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Shot cutoff timescales in different spectral states of Cygnus X-1

  • Feng, Hua
  • Zhang, Shuang-Nan
  • Li, Ti-Pei
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Publication Date
Jul 22, 2004
Submission Date
Jul 22, 2004
DOI: 10.1086/424567
arXiv ID: astro-ph/0407470
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We investigate the shot cutoff timescale evolutions during different spectral states in the black hole binary Cygnus X-1 with the recently proposed w spectral analysis technique. For low energy shots, their cutoff timescale decreases from the low state to intermediate state, and to high state monotonically. However in the high energy range, where shots are believed to be reprocessed in the hot corona, timescales are almost the same for different spectral states. A linear correlation is found between the energy spectrum photon index and the shot cutoff timescale at low energies. Both narrow and broad iron Kalpha lines are distinguished from timing analysis, providing dynamical evidence that broad and narrow iron lines originate respectively at small and large radii of the accretion disk. Possible mechanisms for state transitions and accretion flow geometry in accreting stellar mass black holes are discussed.

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