Publications by Lance Miller


A rapid occultation event in NGC 3227

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 481 (2018) 2470-2478

TJ Turner, JN Reeves, V Braito, A Lobban, S Kraemer, L Miller

© 2018 The Author(s). NGC 3227 exhibits rapid flux and spectral variability in the X-ray band. To understand this behaviour, we conducted a coordinated observing campaign using 320 ks of XMM- Newton exposures together with 160 ks of overlapping NuSTAR observations, spanning a month. Here, we present a rapid variability event that occurs toward the end of the campaign. The spectral hardening event is accompanied by a change in the depth of an unresolved transition array (UTA), whose time-dependent behaviour is resolved using the RGS data. This UTA fingerprint allows us to identify this as a transit event, where a clump of gas having NH ~ 5 × 1022 atoms cm-2, log Ξ ~ 2 occults ~ 60 per cent of the continuum photons over the course of approximately a day. This occulting gas is likely associated with clouds in the inner broad-line region. An additional zone of gas with lower column and higher ionization, matches the outflow velocity of the variable zone, and may represent transmission through the cloud limb.


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