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  Physically motivated X-ray obscurer models

Kruczkiewicz, F., Vitorino, J., Congiu, E., Theulé, P., & Dulieu, F. (2021). Physically motivated X-ray obscurer models. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 651: A58. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201834963.

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Kruczkiewicz, F.1, Author              
Vitorino, J., Author
Congiu, E., Author
Theulé, P., Author
Dulieu, F., Author
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1Center for Astrochemical Studies at MPE, MPI for Extraterrestrial Physics, Max Planck Society, ou_1950287              

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 Abstract: Context. The nuclear obscurer of active galactic nuclei (AGN) is poorly understood in terms of its origin, geometry, and dynamics. Aims. We investigate whether physically motivated geometries emerging from hydro-radiative simulations can be differentiated with X-ray reflection spectroscopy. Methods. For two new geometries, the radiative fountain model and a warped disk, we release spectral models produced with the ray tracing code XARS. We contrast these models with spectra of three nearby AGN taken by NuSTAR and Swift/BAT. Results. Along heavily obscured sightlines, the models present different 4−20 keV continuum spectra. These can be differentiated by current observations. Spectral fits of the Circinus Galaxy favour the warped disk model over the radiative fountain, and clumpy or smooth torus models. Conclusions. The necessary reflector (NH ≥ 1025 cm2) suggests a hidden population of heavily Compton-thick AGN amongst local galaxies. X-ray reflection spectroscopy is a promising pathway to understand the nuclear obscurer in AGN.

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 Dates: 2021-07-14
 Publication Status: Published online
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 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201834963
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Title: Astronomy and Astrophysics
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Publ. Info: Les Ulis Cedex A France : EDP Sciences
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 651 Sequence Number: A58 Start / End Page: - Identifier: ISSN: 1432-0746
ISSN: 0004-6361
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954922828219_1