Radio detection of the black hole transient H 1743-322 in outburst.
ATel #1349; Corbel, S. (CEA Saclay & UniversitÃ© Paris Diderot) and Tzioumis, A. (ATNF).
on 5 Jan 2008; 21:07 UT
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As part of a monitoring campaign of black hole transients, the Australia Telescope
Compact Array (ATCA) has observed H1743-322 on 2008, January 3 at the frequencies
of 4800 MHz and 8640 MHz. The observations were carried out with the ATCA in the
configuration of the 6 km array.
We confirm the reactivation of H1743-322 as observed in X-rays by RXTE/ASM (Kalemci
et al., ATEL #1348), a radio source being detected at the location of the black hole
candidate. H1743-322 is clearly detected around 21 mJy at 4800 MHz and in the range
of 10 to 16 mJy at 8640 MHz. The radio spectrum is consistent with optically thin
synchrotron emission (spectral index in the range -0.5 to -1.2).
This indicates that H1743-322 has likely left the hard state. The detected radio
emission is probably the result of a major ejection event during a state transition
or H1743-322 may actually be producing minor flares in an X-ray state similar to the
steep powerlaw state.
Further observations are strongly encouraged.