Wind, jet, hybrid corona and hard X-ray flares: Multiwavelength evolution of GRO J1655-40 during the 2005 outburst rise

E. Kalemci, M. C. Begelman, T. J. Maccarone, T. Dinçer, T. D. Russell, C. Bailyn, J. A. Tomsick

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Abstract

We have investigated the complex multiwavelength evolution of GRO J1655-40 during the rise of its 2005 outburst. We detected two hard X-ray flares, the first one during the transition from the soft state to the ultra-soft state, and the second one in the ultra-soft state. The first X-ray flare coincided with an optically thin radio flare. We also observed a hint of increased radio emission during the second X-ray flare. To explain the hard flares without invoking a secondary emission component, we fit the entire data set with the eqpair model. This single, hybrid Comptonization model sufficiently fits the data even during the hard X-ray flares if we allow reflection fractions greater than unity. In this case, the hard X-ray flares correspond to a Comptonizing corona dominated by non-thermal electrons. The fits also require absorption features in the soft and ultra-soft state which are likely due to a wind. In this work we show that the wind and the optically thin radio flare co-exist. Finally, we have also investigated the radio to optical spectral energy distribution, tracking the radio spectral evolution through the quenching of the compact jet and rise of the optically thin flare, and interpreted all data using state transition models.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)615-627
Number of pages13
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume463
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

Keywords

  • X-rays: binaries
  • accretion, accretion discs
  • stars: black holes
  • stars: individual: GRO J1655-40

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