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An optically thick disk wind in GRO J1655-40?

Shidatsu, M.; Done, C.; Ueda, Y.

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M. Shidatsu

Y. Ueda


We revisited the unusual wind in GRO J1655−40, detected with Chandra in 2005 April, using long-term Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer X-ray data and simultaneous optical/near-infrared photometric data. This wind is the most convincing case for magnetic driving in black hole binaries, as it has an inferred launch radius that is a factor of 10 smaller than the thermal wind prediction. However, the optical and near-infrared (OIR) fluxes monotonically increase around the Chandra observation, whereas the X-ray flux monotonically decreases from 10 days beforehand. Yet the optical and near-infrared fluxes are from the outer, irradiated disk, so for them to increase implies that the X-rays likewise increased. We applied a new irradiated disk model to the multi-wavelength spectral energy distributions. Fitting the OIR fluxes, we estimated the intrinsic luminosity at the Chandra epoch was $\gtrsim 0.7{L}_{{\rm{Edd}}}$, which is more than one order of magnitude larger than the observed X-ray luminosity. These results could be explained if a Compton-thick, almost completely ionized gas was present in the wind and strong scattering reduced the apparent X-ray luminosity. The effects of scattering in the wind should then be taken into account for discussion of the wind-driving mechanism. Radiation pressure and Compton heating may also contribute to powering the wind at this high luminosity.


Shidatsu, M., Done, C., & Ueda, Y. (2016). An optically thick disk wind in GRO J1655-40?. Astrophysical Journal, 823(2), Article 159.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 14, 2016
Online Publication Date Jun 1, 2016
Publication Date Jun 1, 2016
Deposit Date Sep 7, 2016
Publicly Available Date Sep 16, 2016
Journal Astrophysical Journal
Print ISSN 0004-637X
Electronic ISSN 1538-4357
Publisher American Astronomical Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 823
Issue 2
Article Number 159


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