[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The wide-band Suzaku spectra of the black hole (BH) binary GX 339–4, acquired in 2007 February during the Very High state, were reanalyzed. Effects of event pileup (significant within ~3' of the image center) and telemetry saturation of the X-ray Imaging Spectrometer (XIS) data were carefully considered. The source was detected up to ~300 keV, with an unabsorbed 0.5-200 keV luminosity of 3.8 × 1038 erg s–1 at 8 kpc. The spectrum can be approximated by a power law of photon index 2.7, with a mild soft excess and a hard X-ray hump. When using the XIS data outside 2' of the image center, the Fe K line appeared extremely broad, suggesting a high BH spin as already reported by Miller et al. based on the same Suzaku data and other CCD data. When the XIS data accumulation is further limited to >3' to avoid event pileup, the Fe K profile becomes narrower, and a marginally better solution appears which suggests that the inner disk radius is 5-14 times the gravitational radius (1σ), though a maximally spinning BH is still allowed by the data at the 90% confidence level. Consistently, the optically thick accretion disk is inferred to be truncated at a radius 5-32 times the gravitational radius. Thus, the Suzaku data allow an alternative explanation without invoking a rapidly spinning BH. This inference is further supported by the disk radius measured previously in the High/Soft state.
The Astrophysical Journal 12/2009; 707(2):L109. · 6.73 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Suzaku Hard X-ray Detector (HXD) achieved the lowest background level than any other previously or currently operational missions sensitive in the energy range of 10--600 keV, by utilizing PIN photodiodes and GSO scintillators mounted in the BGO active shields to reject particle background and Compton-scattered events as much as possible. Because it does not have imaging capability nor rocking mode for the background monitor, the sensitivity is limited by the reproducibility of the non X-ray background (NXB) model. We modeled the HXD NXB, which varies with time as well as other satellites with a low-earth orbit, by utilizing several parameters, including particle monitor counts and satellite orbital/attitude information. The model background is supplied as an event file in which the background events are generated by random numbers, and can be analyzed in the same way as the real data. The reproducibility of the NXB model depends on the event selection criteria (such as cut-off rigidity and energy band) and the integration time, and the 1sigma systematic error is estimated to be less than 3% (PIN 15--40 keV) and 1% (GSO 50--100 keV) for more than 10 ksec exposure.
Publications- Astronomical Society of Japan 02/2009; · 2.44 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The Hard X-ray Imager (HXI) is one of three focal plane detectors on board the NeXT (New exploration X-ray Telescope) mission, which is scheduled to be launched in 2013. By use of the hybrid structure composed of double-sided silicon strip detectors and a cadmium telluride strip detector, it fully covers the energy range of photons collected with the hard X-ray telescope up to 80 keV with a high quantum efficiency. High spatial resolutions of 400 micron pitch and energy resolutions of 1-2 keV (FWMH) are at the same time achieved with low noise front-end ASICs. In addition, thick BGO active shields compactly surrounding the main detection part, as a heritage of the successful performance of the Hard X-ray Detector (HXD) on board Suzaku satellite, enable to achive an extremely high background reduction for the cosmic-ray particle background and in-orbit activation. The current status of hardware development including the design requirement, expected performance, and technical readinesses of key technologies are summarized.