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Title: THE SPIN OF THE BLACK HOLE 4U 1543-47

We present a new analysis of Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer observations of the 2002 outburst of the transient X-ray nova 4U 1543-47. We focus on observations in the high/soft state, and attempt to measure the ''spin'' of the black hole by simultaneously fitting the thermal disk continuum and by modeling the broadened iron k-shell emission lines and additional blurred reflection features. Previous works have found that use of these methods individually returns contradictory values for the dimensionless spin parameter a {sub *} = cJ/GM {sup 2}. We find that when used in conjunction with each other, a moderate spin is obtained (a{sub ∗}=0.43{sub −0.31}{sup +0.22}) that is actually consistent with both other values within errors. We discuss limitations of our analysis, systematic uncertainties, and implications of this measurement, and compare our result to those previously claimed for 4U 1543-47.
Authors:
;  [1]
  1. Department of Astronomy, University of Michigan, 500 Church Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1042 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22364962
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal Letters; Journal Volume: 793; 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; ACCRETION DISKS; BLACK HOLES; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; IRON; K SHELL; NOVAE; PHOTON EMISSION; REFLECTION; SPIN; TRANSIENTS; X RADIATION