Chandra and RXTE spectroscopy of the Galactic microquasar XTE J1550-564 in outburst

JM Miller, HL Marshall, Rudy Adam Dirk Wijnands, T Di Matteo, DW Fox, J Kommers, D Pooley, T Belloni, J Casares, PA Charles, AC Fabian, M van der Klis, WHG Lewin

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On two occasions, we obtained nearly simultaneous similar or equal to4 ks snapshot observations of the Galactic black hole and microquasar XTE J1550-564 with Chandra and RXTE near the peak of its 2000 May outburst. The low-energy sensitivity of Chandra and the resolution of the High Energy Transmission Grating Spectrometer (HETGS), coupled with the broad energy range and large collecting area of RXTE, have allowed us to place constraints on the outburst accretion flow geometry of this source in the 'intermediate' X-ray state. The 0.65-25.0 keV continuum spectra are well described by a relatively hot (kT similar or equal to 0.8 keV) accretion disc and hard (Gammasimilar or equal to 2.3) coronal power-law components. Broad, relatively strong Fe Kalpha emission line (W (Kalpha) similar or equal to 170 eV) and smeared absorption edge components consistent with Fe xxv are strongly required in joint spectral fits. The resolution of the Chandra/HETGS reveals that the broad Fe Kalpha emission lines seen clearly in the individual RXTE spectra are not the result of an intrinsically narrow line.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)pp.7-13.
Number of pages7
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2003


  • accretion, accretion discs
  • black hole physics
  • line : profiles
  • relativity
  • X-rays : bursts
  • X-rays : stars
  • DISK


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