Maitra, D and Markoff, S and Brocksopp, C and Noble, M and Nowak, M and Wilms, J (2009) Constraining jet/disc geometry and radiative processes in stellar black holes XTE J1118+480 and GX 339-4. MON NOT R ASTRON SOC , 398 (4) 1638 - 1650. 10.1111/j.1365-2966.2009.14896.x.
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We present results from modelling of quasi-simultaneous broad-band (radio through X-ray) observations of the Galactic stellar black hole (BH) transient X-ray binary (XRB) systems XTE J1118+480 and GX 339-4 using an irradiated disc + compact jet model. In addition to quantifying the physical properties of the jet, we have developed a new irradiated disc model which also constrains the geometry and temperature of the outer accretion disc by assuming a disc heated by viscous energy release and X-ray irradiation from the inner regions. For the source XTE J1118+480, which has better spectral coverage of the two in optical and near-infrared (OIR) wavelengths, we show that the entire broad-band continuum can be well described by an outflow-dominated model + an irradiated disc. The best-fitting radius of the outer edge of the disc is consistent with the Roche lobe geometry of the system, and the temperature of the outer edge of the accretion disc is similar to those found for other XRBs. Irradiation of the disc by the jet is found to be negligible for this source. For GX 339-4, the entire continuum is well described by the jet-dominated model only, with no disc component required. For the two XRBs, which have very different physical and orbital parameters and were in different accretion states during the observations, the sizes of the jet base are similar and both seem to prefer a high fraction of non-thermal electrons in the acceleration/shock region and a magnetically dominated plasma in the jet. These results, along with recent similar results from modelling other galactic XRBs and AGNs, may suggest an inherent unity in diversity in the geometric and radiative properties of compact jets from accreting black holes.
|Title:||Constraining jet/disc geometry and radiative processes in stellar black holes XTE J1118+480 and GX 339-4|
|Keywords:||accretion, accretion discs, black hole physics, radiation mechanisms: general, stars: winds, outflows, X-rays: individual: GX 339-4, X-rays: individual: J1118+480, RAY-TIMING-EXPLORER, BROAD-BAND SPECTRUM, CANDIDATE SWIFT J1753.5-0127, DISC INSTABILITY MODEL, ACCRETION DISK, LOW/HARD STATE, HARD STATE, MULTIWAVELENGTH OBSERVATIONS, SYNCHROTRON EMISSION, CYGNUS X-1|
|UCL classification:||UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Space and Climate Physics|
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