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Title: SPECTRAL VARIABILITY OF IRAS 18325-5926 AND CONSTRAINTS ON THE GEOMETRY OF THE SCATTERING MEDIUM

We analyze Suzaku and XMM-Newton data of the highly variable Seyfert 2, IRAS 18325-5926. The spectra of the source are well modeled as a primary component described as an absorbed power law and a secondary power-law component which is consistent with being scattered emission from an on-axis extended highly ionized medium. We show that while the primary component varies on a wide range of timescales from 10{sup 4}-10{sup 8} s, the scattered emission is variable only on timescales longer than 10{sup 5} s. This implies that the extent of the scattering medium is greater than 10{sup 16} cm. The ratio of the scattered to primary flux ({approx}0.03) implies a column density for the scattering medium to be {approx}10{sup 23} cm{sup -2}. We argue that for such a medium to be highly ionized it must be located less than 10{sup 17} cm from the X-ray source. Thus, we localize the position and extent of scattering region to be {approx}a few Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 16} cm, with an average particle density of {approx}10{sup 6} cm{sup -3}. We consider the physical interpretation of these results, and as an aside we confirm the presence of a broad iron line emission in both the XMM-Newton andmore » Suzaku observations.« less
Authors:
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  1. Inter-University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Ganeshkhind, Pune 411007 (India)
  2. Department of Physics, St. Thomas College, Kozhencherri 689641 (India)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22130983
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 773; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; DENSITY; EMISSION; LIMITING VALUES; PARTICLES; SCATTERING; SEYFERT GALAXIES; SPECTRA; X-RAY SOURCES