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Spectral analysis of the Low-Mass X-ray Binary 4U~1705--44

Mariateresa Fiocchi, Angela Bazzano, Pietro Ubertini, and Memmo Federici Istituto di Astro?sica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica di Roma (INAF). Via Fosso del Cavaliere 100, Roma, I-00133, Italy


arXiv:astro-ph/0610319v1 11 Oct 2006

INTEGRAL and BeppoSAX observations of the neutronstar LMXB 4U 1705–44 have been analysed to deeply investigate the spectral state transitions nature. Its energy spectrum can be described as the sum of one or two blackbody, a 6.4-keV Fe line and a component due to thermal Comptonization. For the ?rst time in this source, we ?nd a strong signature of Compton re?ection, presumably due to illumination of the optically-thick accretion disk by the Comptonized spectrum. Detection of two blackbody component in the soft states could originate in the disk and the neutron-star surface, and the Comptonized component arises from a hot inner ?ow with the seed photons coming from the disk and/or the neutron-star surface. The spectral transitions are shown to be associated with variations in the accretion rate, which changes in turn the temperature of the Comptonizing electrons and the strength of Compton re?ection. Key words: accretion, accretion disks – gamma rays: observations – radiation mechanisms: non-thermal – stars: individual: 4U 1705–44 – stars: neutron – X-rays: binaries.

trum of Compton re?ection has a characteristic shape resulting from photoelectric absorption at low energies and Compton scattering (including its recoil) at higher energies, with a broad hump around 30 keV [19].



Table 1 gives the log of INTEGRAL and BeppoSAX observations of the source. BeppoSAX observed 4U 1705– 44 twice, in 2000 August and October. The LECS, MECS and PDS event ?les and spectra, available from the ASI Scienti?c Data Center(ASDC), were generated with the Supervised Standard Science Analysis [7]. Both LECS and MECS spectra were accumulated in circular regions of 8 arcmin radius. The PDS spectra were obtained with the background rejection method based on ?xed rise time thresholds. Publicly available matrices were used for all the instruments. Spectral ?ts were performed in the following energy bands: 0.5–3.8 keV for the LECS, 1.5–10.0 keV for the MECS and 20–150 keV for the PDS. The analyzed INTEGRAL [31] data con-



4U 1705–44 is a neutron-star low-mass X-ray binary (LMXB) classi?ed as an atoll source [12]. It also shows type-I X-ray bursts [13, 24] and kHz quasi-periodic oscillations [8]. The source shows variability on all time scales, from months down to milliseconds [13, 3, 8, 16]. On long time scales, it displays pronounced luminosityrelated X-ray spectral changes between soft and hard states, as illustrated using data from Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE ) [1]. Using a Chandra /HETGS observation, Di Salvo et al. [6] have shown that the iron line is intrinsically broad (FWHM?1.2 keV), con?rming the previous values of FWHM?1.1 keV [29, 1]. Compton re?ection of X-rays, a process studied in detail in the last few decades [15, 30, 14, 18], takes place when X-rays and γ-rays interact with a cold medium. The X-ray spec-

Figure 1. The IBIS light curve in the 40–60 keV energy band. The stars denote data corresponding to relatively steady emission, and the crosses denote data with the average ?ux > 50% higher than in the average steady level. sist of all public observations in which 4U 1705–44 was within the ?eld of view (FOV) of high-energy detectors. The observations are divided into uninterrupted 2000-s intervals, the so-called science windows (SCW), within

However, we ?nd substantial spectral changes only during the last two intervals. We study the spectral behavior separately in four epochs consisting of the following data: ? 1st epoch. The BeppoSAX observation performed on MJD 51777 during which the source was in the soft/high state. ? 2rd epoch. The BeppoSAX observation performed on MJD 51820 during which the source was in the hard/low state. ? 3rd epoch. The INTEGRAL JEM-X and IBIS observations between MJD 52671 to 53471 but excluding the observations of MJD 52914–52916 and 53044– 53060. ? 4th epoch. The JEM-X and IBIS observations of MJD 52914–52916 and 53044- -53060.

Figure 2. The spectra of epochs 1 (soft state, left) and 2 (hard state, right) observed by BeppoSAX , shown together with the total model and its components. Left: the blackbody, Comptonization and the Fe line components are shown in red, green and blue, respectively. Right: the blackbody, Comptonization, re?ection and Fe line are shown in red, green, orange and blue respectively. which the light curves and spectra are extracted individually. Broad-band spectra, ?5–150 keV, are obtained using data from the high-energy instruments, JEM-X [17] and IBIS [27]. The IBIS and JEM-X data have been processed using the Off-line Scienti?c Analysis (OSA v. 5.0) software released by the INTEGRAL Science Data Centre (ISDC, [4]). Data from the Fully Coded ?eld of view only for both instrument have been used (4.5o and 2.5o for IBIS and JEM-X, respectively). Spectra were extracted only if the ratio signal-to-noise was > 10.



To determine the parameters driving the spectral state changes, we ?t the data with several physical models. Each time a new component is added to the model, the F-test is performed. We assume that an F-test probability of > 95% implies a signi?cative improvement of the ?t. We use XSPEC v. 11.3.1. Fig. 1 shows IBIS light curve in the 40–60 keV energy band, where we expect main spectral changes for atoll sources. As it can be seen the source ?ux has been observed to increase more than 50% on three occasions, during MJD 52712–52718, 52914– 52916 and 53044–53060, as showed in Fig. 1 as crosses.

Figure 3. The spectra of epochs 3 (soft state, left) and 4 (hard state, right) observed by INTEGRAL , shown together with the total model and its components. Left: the blackbody and Comptonization components are shown in red and green, respectively. Right: Comptonization and the re?ection component is shown in green and orange, respectively. The simplest model which provides a reasonable ?t to the BeppoSAX data consists of th e sum of a thermal Comptonization component, modeled in XSPEC by COMPTT ([26]; spherical geometry was assumed), a soft component modeled by a single temperature blackbody, and a

Table 1. The log of BeppoSAX and INTEGRAL observations.
Start Date LECS year-month-day 1st epoch 2nd epoch 2000-08-20 2000-10-03 21 16 Start Date year-month-day 3rd epoch 4th epoch

BeppoSAX Exposure time [ks] MECS PDS

LECS [0.5–3.8 keV] 3.88 ± 0.01 0.48 ± 0.01

Count rate [s?1 ]a MECS [1.5–10 keV] 27.25 ± 0.03 4.46 ± 0.02

PDS [20–100 keV] 0.90 ± 0.04 7.86 ± 0.05

44 20 48 20 INTEGRAL Exposure time [ks] JEM-X IBIS

Count rate [s?1 ] JEM-X IBIS [4.5–15keV] [20–150 keV]

2003-02-02 106 394 11.63 ± 0.04 1.60 ± 0.05 2003-08-09 17 93 8.6 ± 0.1 12.6 ± 0.1 The MECS count rates correspond to the sum of the MECS2 and MECS3 units.

Table 2. The ?t results. ’f’ denotes a ?xed parameter.
NH 1022 cm?2 kTBB1 keV kTBB2 keV T0 keV kTe keV τ ?/2π σFe keV EW eV RBB1 km RBB2 km nComptt χ2 /d.o.f. 10?2

1 1.37 ± 0.03 0.58+0.01 1.75 ± 0.05 1.06 ± 0.05 14.9+1.0 0.4 ± 0.1 1.1 ± 0.2 < 0.3 ?0.01 ?0.5 2 3 4 1.2+0.1 ?0.1 1.3f 1.3f 0.65+0.05 ?0.06 0.57f 0.65f 2.4 ± 0.1 1.14+0.04 ?0.08 1.07f 1.14f 22+4 ?1 16 ± 1 49 ± 3 1.5+0.3 ?0.6 0.3 ± 0.1 0.3 ± 0.1

14 ± 6 31.0 ± 0.5 3.7 ± 0.4 2.6 ± 0.3 542/421 8.2+0.1 ?0.1 < 33 < 17 0.7 ± 0.1 500/413 1.5 ± 0.2 4.3 ± 0.3 116/1 09 0.5 ± 0.2 118/116

0.2+0.2 0.8+0.3 189+20 ?0.1 ?0.3 ?39 < 0.6 1.4+0.5 ?0.3

Gaussian Fe line at 6.4 keV with the width, σFe . This spectrum is absorbed by a column density, NH , consistent with that given by Langmeier et al. [13]. Initially, the Fe line centroid energy was let free; however, our ?ts found it to be always consistent with the neutral-Fe value of 6.4 keV, and hence it has been ?xed at that value hereafter. Adding Compton re?ection to the ?t, using the XSPEC model REFLECT [18], resulted in a substantial ?t improvement for epoch 2, reducing χ2 /d.o.f. from 510/414 to 500/413. The inclination angle, i, of the re?ecting medium has been kept at 63o (cos i = 0.45), which is consistent with the allowed range found by Di Salvo et al. [6] of i = 55–84o. The strength of re?ection is measured by the solid angle, ?, subtended by the re?ection. The black body temperatures are TBBsof t = 0.58keV and TBBhard = 0.65keV for the soft and hard state respectively. The INTEGRAL data have been ?tted with a model similar to that used for the BeppoSAX data. However, since both the energy resolution of JEM-X, ?E/E ? 1 (FWHM) at 6.4 keV is not adequate to study the Fe line properties and the usable JEM-X data are for > 5 keV only, we do not include the line in the present model. The seed soft temperature and the column density are now frozen at their respective values obtained from the BeppoSAX data. Similary to the case of the BeppoSAX data, we add the Compton re?ection to the ?t, using the XSPEC model REFLECT with i = 63o . Since the INTEGRAL energy range could not be reliable in determining the black body temperature at low energy, we ?x it at the value obtained from the hard state BeppoSAX data. This procedure is not good for the epoch 3: ?xing it at the value obtained from the BeppoSAX soft state

data, the ?t gives a χ2 not acceptable (χ2 /rid ? 2), a higher temperature of soft component is required by data (TBB ? 2.5keV ). For this reason, we ?t both BeppoSAX and INTEGRAL soft states with two black body components, reducing χ2 /d.o.f. from 578/423 to 542/421 for the epoch 1 and from 195/109 to 120/111 for the epoch 3. Spectral ?t results are given in Table 2 and the spectra are shown in Fig. 2 and 3 for BeppoSAX and INTEGRAL , respectively. In the soft/high state the extrapolated model luminosities are L0.1?200 keV ? 4.8 × 1037 erg s?1 and ? 3.2 × 1037 erg s?1 , for the epochs 1 and 3, respectively, at the distance of 7.4 kpc [11]. Most of the source ?ux, ? 80%, is radiated below 20 keV. In the hard/low state the luminosities are L0.1?200 keV ? 1.5 × 1037 erg s?1 and ? 2.1 × 1037 erg s?1 , for the epochs 2 and 4, respectively. They are both lower than those in the soft state, in agreement with the usual ranking of the luminosity of these two states, in particular in atoll sources [12, 28, 9]. The electron temperatures are now substantially higher than in the soft state, kTe ? 20–50 keV, and the Comptonization component extends above ? 100 keV. The seed-photon temperatures are consistent with values typical for neutron-star LMXBs, kT0 ? 0.3–1.5 keV [21]. The black body temperature kTBB2 is high during our soft states, similar high temperatures have been found by Barret & Olive [1] in the soft states RXTE observations. No signi?cant variations of kT0 or NH have been detected, with our values consistent with previous ones [1, 13].



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According to our present understanding, the low-energy, black-body component in the soft states originates at both the neutron star surface and the surface of an opticallythick accretion disk. The Comptonization component may arise from a corona above the disk and/or between the disk and the stellar surface. The obtained values of the electron temperature are typical for neutron-star LMXBs, and are lower than those seen in the hard state of blackhole binaries (kTe ? 100 keV, e.g., [10, 5, 32]), con?rming the idea the electron temperature could be used as a criterion distinguishing between black-hole and neutronstar binaries [25, 33, 2]. In the two BeppoSAX data sets we have detected a iron line emission which we interpret as K-shell ?uorescent emission of the iron in low ionization states. For the ?rst time in this source, we have detected strong signatures of Compton re?ection, earlier detected in same of neutron-star LMXBs, e.g., in GS 1826– 238 and SLX 1735–269 [2], 4U 0614+09 [22], GX 1+4 [23]. The strong iron line detected in the 2 epoch when the re?ection is weak indicates iron line intensity and re?ection component do not vary together and geometrical factor could be responsible of this behavior. The spectral transitions are accompanied by changes in luminosity, indicating they are driven by variability of the accretion rate, being lower in the hard state and higher in the soft state.

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS We acknowledge the ASI ?nancial/programmatic support via contracts ASI-IR 046/04.

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