BeppoSAX observations of narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxies: I. Ton S 180

A. Comastri, F. Fiore, M. Guainazzi, G. Matt, G. M. Stirpe, G. Zamorani, W. N. Brandt, K. M. Leighly, L. Piro, S. Molendi, A. N. Parmar, A. Siemiginowska, E. M. Puchnarewicz

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We report on the first spectrum up to 10 keV of the bright narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxy Ton S 180, obtained with the imaging instruments onboard BeppoSAX. This is the first observed source in a sample of a dozen narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxies in the BeppoSAX Core Program. We also present and discuss a high quality optical spectrum taken at the 1.5 m telescope at La Silla two months before the BeppoSAX observation. The X-ray spectrum shows a clear hardening above about 2 keV, where a power law with Γ ≃ 2.3 plus an iron line provide a good description of the data. This slope is significantly steeper than the typical one for classical Seyfert 1's and quasars. The best fit line energy is suggestive of highly ionized iron, which would support the idea that the high accretion rate is (one of) the fundamental parameter(s) characterizing the Narrow Line Seyfert 1 phenomenon.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-37
Number of pages7
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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