Cyg X-3: γ rays from a magnetic accretion disk

P. Mészáros, F. Meyer, J. E. Pringle

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Abstract

THE recent observation1 of ∼ 100-MeV γ rays from Cygnus X-3, which have a comparable luminosity to the X-ray emission and which vary in phase with the 4.8-h period displayed by the X-ray and infrared emission, has been taken2, 3 as support for the suggestion 4 that the X-ray emission is produced by a very young pulsar in a short period binary system. In this letter, we show that the observed γ-ray luminosity can be produced by an accretion disk around a non-magnetic neutron star or low-mass black hole, in a magnetised corona which accelerates relativistic electrons that decay by inverse Compton losses modified through the photon-photon and pair-annihilation processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)420-421
Number of pages2
JournalNature
Volume268
Issue number5619
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1977

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    Mészáros, P., Meyer, F., & Pringle, J. E. (1977). Cyg X-3: γ rays from a magnetic accretion disk. Nature, 268(5619), 420-421. https://doi.org/10.1038/268420a0