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XMM-Newton, Swift and ROSAT observations of LBQS 0102-2713

By Th. Boller, P. Schady and T. Heftrich


We have analyzed the first XMM-Newton, Swift and archival ROSAT PSPC observations of the quasar LBQS 0102-2713.The object was selected from the ROSAT archive as being notable due to the steep soft X-ray photon index and due to the UV brightness based on HST and optical spectroscopic observations. The first XMM-Newton observations carried out in December 2009 and the first Swift observations from 2010 have confirmed the steepness of the soft X-ray photon index, which ranges between 3.35 and 4.41 for the different XMM-Newton and ROSAT detectors, the UV brightness of the source and the absence of significant absorption by neutral hydrogen. The new data allow a combined spectral fitting to the Swift UVOT and the XMM-Newton/ROSAT data which results in a huge luminosity of (6.2+-0.2)x10^47 erg s^(-1) and alpha_ox values ranging between (-1.87+-0.11) and (-2.11+-0.12). The nature of the soft X-ray emission can be explained as local Comptonized emission of the UV disc photons in the pseudo-Newtonian potential. The black hole mass is estimated from the Mg II line and translates into an Eddington ratio of L/L_edd = 18(+33)(-12). For the dimensionless electron temperature of the plasma cloud theta = kT_e/ (m_e c^2) we derive an upper limit of about 10 keV.Comment: 5 pages, 3 figures, accepted for publication in ApJ Letter

Topics: Astrophysics - Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1088/2041-8205/731/1/L16
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