A dataset provided by the European Space Agency

Name 002974
Title A detailed study of the variable iron line in MCG--6-30-15


DOI https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-n8zcra5
Author Prof Andrew Fabian
Description The ASCA discovery of a broad iron line in the Seyfert 1 galaxy MCG-6-30-15 provided the laboratory for studying the innermost regions of the accretion flow and strong gravity; the skewed line profile further suggests evidence for a Kerr hole. Subsequent studies of the warm absorber and reflection component reveal further intriguing properties, including a possible 33h period exhibited by this canonical AGN. We propose a 420ks observation, with particular emphasis on the variable iron line in order to better understand the environment of the black hole and to determine unambiguously its spin. We anticipate that reverberation mapping may be possible with XMM; together with knowledge of the disk radius, time lag measurements will untimately enable us to determine the black hole mass
Publication No observations found associated with the current proposal
Instrument EMOS1, EMOS2, EPN, OM, RGS1, RGS2
Temporal Coverage 2001-07-31T15:17:12Z/2001-08-05T16:33:57Z
Version 17.56_20190403_1200
Mission Description The European Space Agency's (ESA) X-ray Multi-Mirror Mission (XMM-Newton) was launched by an Ariane 504 on December 10th 1999. XMM-Newton is ESA's second cornerstone of the Horizon 2000 Science Programme. It carries 3 high throughput X-ray telescopes with an unprecedented effective area, and an optical monitor, the first flown on a X-ray observatory. The large collecting area and ability to make long uninterrupted exposures provide highly sensitive observations.
Since Earth's atmosphere blocks out all X-rays, only a telescope in space can detect and study celestial X-ray sources. The XMM-Newton mission is helping scientists to solve a number of cosmic mysteries, ranging from the enigmatic black holes to the origins of the Universe itself. Observing time on XMM-Newton is being made available to the scientific community, applying for observational periods on a competitive basis.
Creator Contact https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/xmm-newton/xmm-newton-helpdesk
Date Published 2003-01-01T00:00:00Z
Publisher And Registrant European Space Agency
Credit Guidelines European Space Agency, 2003-01-01T00:00:00Z, 002974, 17.56_20190403_1200. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-n8zcra5