A&A 401, 903-910 (2003)
The history of the iron K line profile in the Piccinotti AGN ESO 198-G24M. Guainazzi
XMM-Newton Science Operation Center, VILSPA, ESA, Apartado 50727, 28080 Madrid, Spain
(Received 26 August 2002 / Accepted 30 January 2003 )
This paper presents ASCA (July 1997), XMM-Newton (December 2000) and BeppoSAX (January 2001) observations of the Piccinotti Seyfert 1 galaxy ESO 198-G24. The BeppoSAX 0.1-200 keV spectrum exhibits reprocessing features, probably produced by an X-ray illuminated, relativistic accretion disk subtending a solid angle . During the XMM-Newton observation the fluorescent iron K line profile (centroid energy keV) was broad and twice as bright as in the BeppoSAX observation. An additional emission feature ( keV), detected at the 96.3% confidence level, may be part of a relativistic, double-peaked profile. By contrast, in the earlier ASCA observation the line profile is dominated by a remarkably narrow "core" (intrinsic width, eV). If this component is produced by reflection off the inner surface of a molecular torus, its large Equivalent Width ( 300 eV) most likely represents the "echo" of a previously brighter flux state, in agreement with the dynamical range covered by the historical X-ray light curve in ESO 198-G24.
Key words: accretion, accretion discs -- galaxies: active -- galaxies: individual: ESO 198-G24 -- X-rays: galaxies -- galaxies -- nuclei
Offprint request: M. Guainazzi, firstname.lastname@example.org
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