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Name 050088
Title Joint XMM-Newton, Chandra, and RXTE Observations of Dips in Cyg X-1


DOI https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-8xury3o
Author Prof Joern Wilms
Description At orbital phase zero (i.e., the O star secondary intervening our line of sight to the black hole primary), Cyg X-1 shows X-ray dips due to highly variable absorption in matter in the accretion stream. Studying the physics of these dips requires joint XMM-Chandra-HETGS-RXTE observations: XMM-Newton provides the crucially important spectral continuum through the broad Fe line region at CCD resolution and it achieves high signal-to-noise in the <2keV band, allowing the dipping events to be temporally resolved and spectrally modeled on short time scales. The simultaneous Chandra data provide high resolution spectroscopy of the dipping events (albeit at a lower time resolution compared to XMM-Newton), while RXTE provides the hard X-ray continuum out to >150keV.
Publication No observations found associated with the current proposal
Instrument EPN, RGS1, RGS2
Temporal Coverage 2008-04-18T11:54:38Z/2008-04-19T04:25:16Z
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 2009-06-06T00:00:00Z
Publisher And Registrant European Space Agency
Credit Guidelines European Space Agency, 2009, 050088, 17.56_20190403_1200. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-8xury3o