Journal Article

First high-energy observations of narrow-line Seyfert 1s with <i>INTEGRAL</i>/IBIS

A. Malizia, L. Bassani, A. J. Bird, R. Landi, N. Masetti, A. De Rosa, F. Panessa, M. Molina, A. J. Dean, M. Perri and J. Tueller

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 389, issue 3, pages 1360-1366
Published in print September 2008 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online September 2008 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI:
First high-energy observations of narrow-line Seyfert 1s with INTEGRAL/IBIS

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Narrow-line Seyfert 1 (NLS1) galaxies are very interesting objects which display peculiar properties when compared to their broad-line analogues (BLS1). Although well studied in many wavebands, their behaviour at >10 keV is poorly studied and yet important to discriminate between models invoked to explain the complexity observed in the X-ray band. Here, we present for the first time high-energy observations (17–100 keV) of five NLS1 galaxies (three bona fide and two candidates) detected by INTEGRAL/Imager on Board INTEGRAL Satellite (IBIS) and provide for all of them a broad-band spectral analysis using data obtained by Swift/XRT below 10 keV. The combined INTEGRAL spectrum is found to be steeper (Γ= 2.6 ± 0.3) than those of classical Seyfert 1 objects. This is due to a high-energy cut-off, which is required in some individual fits as in the average broad-band spectrum. The location of this high-energy cut-off is at lower energies (E≤ 60 keV) than typically seen in classical type 1 active galactic nuclei (AGNs); a reflection component may also be present but its value (R < 0.8) is compatible with those seen in standard Seyfert 1s. We do not detect a soft excess in individual objects but only in their cumulative spectrum. Our results suggest a lower plasma temperature for the accreting plasma which combined to the high accretion rates (close to the Eddington rate) points to different nuclear conditions in broad and NLS1 galaxies, likely related to different evolutionary stages.

Keywords: galaxies: active; galaxies: Seyfert; X-rays: galaxies

Journal Article.  5034 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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