First INTEGRAL observations of GRS 1915+105

Hannikainen, D.C., Kaiser, Christian R., Vilhu, 0., Rodriguez, J., Brandt, S., Westergaard, N.J., Lund, N., Mocoeur, I., Durouchoux, Ph., Belloni, T., Castro-Tirado, A., Charles, P.A., Dean, A.J., Fender, R.P., Feroci, M., Hakala, P., Hunstead, R.W., King, A., Mirabel, I.F., Pooley, G.G., Poutanen, J., Wu, K. and Zdziarski, A.A. (2003) First INTEGRAL observations of GRS 1915+105. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 411, L415-L419. (doi: 10.1051/0004-6361:20031444).


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We present data from the first of six monitoring Open Time observations of GRS 1915+105 undertaken with the orbiting INTEGRAL satellite. The source was clearly detected with all three X-ray and gamma-ray instruments on board. GRS 1915+105 was in a highly variable state, as demonstrated by the JEM X-2 and ISGRI lightcurves. These and simultaneous RXTE/PCA lightcurves point to a novel type of variability pattern in the source. In addition, we fit the combined JEM X-2 and ISGRI spectrum between 3-300 keV with a disk blackbody + powerlaw model leading to typical parameter values found earlier at similar luminosity levels. A new transient, IGR J19140+098, was discovered during the present observation.

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Keywords: X-rays, binaries -- X-rays, GRS 1915+105
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Physics and Astronomy > Astronomy and Space Science
ePrint ID: 14785
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2005
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:05

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