SPACE TELESCOPE and OPTICAL REVERBERATION MAPPING PROJECT.VI. REVERBERATING DISK MODELS for NGC 5548

D. Starkey, Keith Horne, M. M. Fausnaugh, B. M. Peterson, M. C. Bentz, C. S. Kochanek, K. D. Denney, R. Edelson, M. R. Goad, G. De Rosa, M. D. Anderson, P. Arévalo, A. J. Barth, C. Bazhaw, G. A. Borman, T. A. Boroson, M. C. Bottorff, William Nielsen Brandt, A. A. Breeveld, E. M. Cackett & 73 others M. T. Carini, K. V. Croxall, D. M. Crenshaw, Elena Dalla Bontà, A. De Lorenzo-Cáceres, M. Dietrich, N. V. Efimova, J. Ely, P. A. Evans, A. V. Filippenko, K. Flatland, N. Gehrels, S. Geier, J. M. Gelbord, L. Gonzalez, V. Gorjian, C. J. Grier, D. Grupe, P. B. Hall, S. Hicks, D. Horenstein, T. Hutchison, M. Im, J. J. Jensen, M. D. Joner, J. Jones, J. Kaastra, S. Kaspi, B. C. Kelly, Jamie A. Kennea, S. C. Kim, M. Kim, S. A. Klimanov, K. T. Korista, G. A. Kriss, J. C. Lee, D. C. Leonard, P. Lira, F. Macinnis, E. R. Manne-Nicholas, S. Mathur, I. M. McHardy, C. Montouri, R. Musso, S. V. Nazarov, R. P. Norris, John Andrew Nousek, D. N. Okhmat, A. Pancoast, J. R. Parks, L. Pei, R. W. Pogge, J. U. Pott, S. E. Rafter, H. W. Rix, D. A. Saylor, J. S. Schimoia, K. Schnülle, S. G. Sergeev, Michael Hiram Siegel, M. Spencer, H. I. Sung, K. G. Teems, C. S. Turner, P. Uttley, M. Vestergaard, C. Villforth, Y. Weiss, J. H. Woo, H. Yan, And S. Young, W. Zheng, Y. Zu

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We conduct a multiwavelength continuum variability study of the Seyfert 1 galaxy NGC 5548 to investigate the temperature structure of its accretion disk. The 19 overlapping continuum light curves (1158 A oto 9157 A o) combine simultaneous Hubble Space Telescope, Swift, and ground-based observations over a 180 day period from 2014 January to July. Light-curve variability is interpreted as the reverberation response of the accretion disk to irradiation by a central time-varying point source. Our model yields the disk inclination i = 36° ±10° temperature T1 = 44 ±6 ) × 10 3 K at 1 light day from the black hole, and a temperatureradius slope (T ∞r-a) of a = 0.99 ±0.03. We also infer the driving light curve and find that it correlates poorly with both the hard and soft X-ray light curves, suggesting that the X-rays alone may not drive the ultraviolet and optical variability over the observing period. We also decompose the light curves into bright, faint, and mean accretion-disk spectra. These spectra lie below that expected for a standard blackbody accretion disk accreting at L LEdd = 0.1.

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Article number65
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume835
Issue number1
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Starkey, D., Horne, K., Fausnaugh, M. M., Peterson, B. M., Bentz, M. C., Kochanek, C. S., ... Zu, Y. (2017). SPACE TELESCOPE and OPTICAL REVERBERATION MAPPING PROJECT.VI. REVERBERATING DISK MODELS for NGC 5548. Astrophysical Journal, 835(1), [65]. https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/835/1/65
Starkey, D. ; Horne, Keith ; Fausnaugh, M. M. ; Peterson, B. M. ; Bentz, M. C. ; Kochanek, C. S. ; Denney, K. D. ; Edelson, R. ; Goad, M. R. ; Rosa, G. De ; Anderson, M. D. ; Arévalo, P. ; Barth, A. J. ; Bazhaw, C. ; Borman, G. A. ; Boroson, T. A. ; Bottorff, M. C. ; Brandt, William Nielsen ; Breeveld, A. A. ; Cackett, E. M. ; Carini, M. T. ; Croxall, K. V. ; Crenshaw, D. M. ; Dalla Bontà, Elena ; Lorenzo-Cáceres, A. De ; Dietrich, M. ; Efimova, N. V. ; Ely, J. ; Evans, P. A. ; Filippenko, A. V. ; Flatland, K. ; Gehrels, N. ; Geier, S. ; Gelbord, J. M. ; Gonzalez, L. ; Gorjian, V. ; Grier, C. J. ; Grupe, D. ; Hall, P. B. ; Hicks, S. ; Horenstein, D. ; Hutchison, T. ; Im, M. ; Jensen, J. J. ; Joner, M. D. ; Jones, J. ; Kaastra, J. ; Kaspi, S. ; Kelly, B. C. ; Kennea, Jamie A. ; Kim, S. C. ; Kim, M. ; Klimanov, S. A. ; Korista, K. T. ; Kriss, G. A. ; Lee, J. C. ; Leonard, D. C. ; Lira, P. ; Macinnis, F. ; Manne-Nicholas, E. R. ; Mathur, S. ; McHardy, I. M. ; Montouri, C. ; Musso, R. ; Nazarov, S. V. ; Norris, R. P. ; Nousek, John Andrew ; Okhmat, D. N. ; Pancoast, A. ; Parks, J. R. ; Pei, L. ; Pogge, R. W. ; Pott, J. U. ; Rafter, S. E. ; Rix, H. W. ; Saylor, D. A. ; Schimoia, J. S. ; Schnülle, K. ; Sergeev, S. G. ; Siegel, Michael Hiram ; Spencer, M. ; Sung, H. I. ; Teems, K. G. ; Turner, C. S. ; Uttley, P. ; Vestergaard, M. ; Villforth, C. ; Weiss, Y. ; Woo, J. H. ; Yan, H. ; Young, And S. ; Zheng, W. ; Zu, Y. / SPACE TELESCOPE and OPTICAL REVERBERATION MAPPING PROJECT.VI. REVERBERATING DISK MODELS for NGC 5548. In: Astrophysical Journal. 2017 ; Vol. 835, No. 1.
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AU - Starkey, D.

AU - Horne, Keith

AU - Fausnaugh, M. M.

AU - Peterson, B. M.

AU - Bentz, M. C.

AU - Kochanek, C. S.

AU - Denney, K. D.

AU - Edelson, R.

AU - Goad, M. R.

AU - Rosa, G. De

AU - Anderson, M. D.

AU - Arévalo, P.

AU - Barth, A. J.

AU - Bazhaw, C.

AU - Borman, G. A.

AU - Boroson, T. A.

AU - Bottorff, M. C.

AU - Brandt, William Nielsen

AU - Breeveld, A. A.

AU - Cackett, E. M.

AU - Carini, M. T.

AU - Croxall, K. V.

AU - Crenshaw, D. M.

AU - Dalla Bontà, Elena

AU - Lorenzo-Cáceres, A. De

AU - Dietrich, M.

AU - Efimova, N. V.

AU - Ely, J.

AU - Evans, P. A.

AU - Filippenko, A. V.

AU - Flatland, K.

AU - Gehrels, N.

AU - Geier, S.

AU - Gelbord, J. M.

AU - Gonzalez, L.

AU - Gorjian, V.

AU - Grier, C. J.

AU - Grupe, D.

AU - Hall, P. B.

AU - Hicks, S.

AU - Horenstein, D.

AU - Hutchison, T.

AU - Im, M.

AU - Jensen, J. J.

AU - Joner, M. D.

AU - Jones, J.

AU - Kaastra, J.

AU - Kaspi, S.

AU - Kelly, B. C.

AU - Kennea, Jamie A.

AU - Kim, S. C.

AU - Kim, M.

AU - Klimanov, S. A.

AU - Korista, K. T.

AU - Kriss, G. A.

AU - Lee, J. C.

AU - Leonard, D. C.

AU - Lira, P.

AU - Macinnis, F.

AU - Manne-Nicholas, E. R.

AU - Mathur, S.

AU - McHardy, I. M.

AU - Montouri, C.

AU - Musso, R.

AU - Nazarov, S. V.

AU - Norris, R. P.

AU - Nousek, John Andrew

AU - Okhmat, D. N.

AU - Pancoast, A.

AU - Parks, J. R.

AU - Pei, L.

AU - Pogge, R. W.

AU - Pott, J. U.

AU - Rafter, S. E.

AU - Rix, H. W.

AU - Saylor, D. A.

AU - Schimoia, J. S.

AU - Schnülle, K.

AU - Sergeev, S. G.

AU - Siegel, Michael Hiram

AU - Spencer, M.

AU - Sung, H. I.

AU - Teems, K. G.

AU - Turner, C. S.

AU - Uttley, P.

AU - Vestergaard, M.

AU - Villforth, C.

AU - Weiss, Y.

AU - Woo, J. H.

AU - Yan, H.

AU - Young, And S.

AU - Zheng, W.

AU - Zu, Y.

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