- A long XMM-Newton observation of an extreme narrow-line Seyfert 1: PG 1244+026
- Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
- Volume | Issue number
- 436 | 4
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- Document type
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (API)
We explore the origin of the strong soft X-ray excess in narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxies using spectral-timing information from a 120 ks XMM-Newton observation of PG 1244+026. Spectral fitting alone cannot distinguish between a true additional soft X-ray continuum component and strongly relativistically smeared reflection, but both models also require a separate soft blackbody component. This is most likely intrinsic emission from the disc extending into the lowest energy X-ray bandpass. The rms spectra on short time-scales (200-5000 s) contain both (non-disc) soft excess and power-law emission. However, the spectrum of the variability on these time-scales correlated with the 4-10 keV light curve contains only the power law. Together these show that there is fast variability of the soft excess which is independent of the 4-10 keV variability. This is inconsistent with a single reflection component making the soft X-ray excess as this necessarily produces correlated variability in the 4-10 keV bandpass. Instead, the rms and covariance spectra are consistent with an additional cool Comptonization component which does not contribute to the spectrum above 2 keV.
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