NuSTAR Observation of V404 Cyg During/After Decline
ATel #7752; Dominic Walton (JPL/Caltech), Fiona Harrison, Karl Forster (Caltech), Peter Jonker (SRON), John Tomsick (SSL/Berkeley), Poshak Gandhi, Diego Altamirano (Southampton), on behalf of a larger collaboration
on 2 Jul 2015; 16:52 UT
Credential Certification: Dominic Walton (email@example.com)
Subjects: X-ray, Black Hole
We report on a NuSTAR (Harrison et al. 2013) observation of V404 Cyg
during (or after) the rapid decline recently exhibited by the source
(e.g. Atel 7731, 7740). The observation was performed from 2015-07-01
01:06 to 2015-07-01 15:11, spanning roughly half a day in duration
and returning ~25ks good exposure (per focal plane module).
During this period, the lightcurve from V404 Cyg showed no evidence of
fading further, with the typical count rate rising gradually from ~1
to ~3 ct/s (per module). Mild flaring up to ~10-15 ct/s was also
observed. This may indicate that the drop in activity from V404 Cyg
has now stabilised; further observations are required to determine
whether this is the case.
The 3-79 keV spectrum obtained is well described (chisq/DoF = 767/765)
with an absorbed powerlaw continuum and a neutral Fe K emission line.
The best-fit photon index and column density are Gamma = 1.76+/-0.02
and Nh = (7.1+/-0.7)e22 cm^-2 (all errors are 90% confidence for 1
parameter of interest). This column is significantly higher than that
typically reported in the literature (~1e22 cm^-2; e.g. Reynolds et al.
2014, Rana et al. in prep.). The iron emission has an equivalent width
of 130+/-30 eV, an energy of 6.43+/-0.06 keV and appears to be
marginally resolved by NuSTAR (sigma = 0.2+/-0.1 keV). Additionally,
we can limit any high-energy exponential cutoff to Efold > 160 keV.
The average 3-79 keV flux is (2.02+/-0.03)e-10 erg cm^-2 s^-1, very
similar to the most recent INTEGRAL flux reported (extending up to
2015-06-29 17:37; Atel 7731) considering the different bandpasses.
This is the second in a series of NuSTAR observations; the first
was performed during the bright flaring phase on 24th June. Further
NuSTAR observations are planned with an approximate ~5 day cadence.