Chandra Observation of Cir X-1 near the Periastron Passage: Evidence for an X-Ray Jet?

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Abstract

We present the results of a 25 ks long Chandra observation of the peculiar source Cir X-1 near the periastron passage. We report precise X-ray coordinates of the source, which were compatible with the optical and radio counterpart coordinates. We focus on the study of the detected emission features using the High Energy Transmission Grating Spectrometer on board the Chandra satellite. We detect emission lines associated with Mg XII, Si XIII, Si XIV, S XV, S XVI, Ar XVII, Ar XVIII, Ca XIX, Ca XX, Fe XXV, and Fe XXVI, showing an average redshift of 470 km s-1. The most intense emission features can be fitted with two lines; this is more evident for the 6.6 keV emission feature, which shows a double-peaked structure. We propose that the redshifted and blueshifted lines of Mg XII, Si XIV, S XVI, and Fe XXV can be interpreted as emission from a blue and red beam of an X-ray jet, finding that the angle between the line of sight and the jet direction is 92° and the jet velocity is 0.08c.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1033-1043
Numero di pagine11
RivistaTHE ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL
Volume673
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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