An RXTE observation of the Seyfert 1 galaxy MCG - 6-30-15: X-ray reflection and the iron abundance

J. C. Lee, A. C. Fabian, C. S. Reynolds, K. Iwasawa, W. N. Brandt

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Abstract

We report on a 50-ks observation of the bright Seyfert 1 galaxy MCG - 6-30-15 with the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer. The data clearly show the broad fluorescent iron line (equivalent width ∼ 250 eV) and the Compton reflection continuum at higher energies. A comparison of the iron line and the reflection continuum has enabled us to constrain the reflective fraction and the elemental abundances in the accretion disc. Temporal studies provide evidence that spectral variability is a result of changes in both the amount of reflection seen and the properties of the primary X-ray source itself.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)583-588
Number of pages6
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume300
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 21 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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