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First Results from XMM-Newton
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Volume 365, Number 1, January I 2001
First Results from XMM-Newton
Page(s) L168 - L173
DOI https://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20000081
Published online 15 January 2001

A&A 365, L168-L173 (2001)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20000081

Complex resonance absorption structure in the X-ray spectrum of IRAS 13349+2438

M. Sako1, S. M. Kahn1, E. Behar1, J. S. Kaastra2, A. C. Brinkman2, Th. Boller3, E. M. Puchnarewicz4, R. Starling4, D. A. Liedahl5, J. Clavel6 and M. Santos-Lleo6.

1  Department of Physics and Columbia Astrophysics Laboratory, 550 West 120th Street, New York, NY 10027, USA
2  Space Research Organization of the Netherlands, Sorbonnelaan 2, 3548 CA, Utrecht, The Netherlands
3  Max-Planck-Institut fuer Extraterrestrische Physik, Postfach 1603, 85741 Garching, Germany
4  Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College, London, Holmbury St. Mary, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6NT, UK
5  Physics Department, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, PO Box 808, L-41, Livermore, CA 94550, USA
6  XMM Science Operations, Astrophysics Division, ESA Space Science Dept., PO Box 50727, 28080 Madrid, Spain

(Received 2 October 2000 / Accepted 30 October 2000)

The luminous infrared-loud quasar IRAS 13349+2438 was observed with the XMM-Newton Observatory as part of the Performance Verification program. The spectrum obtained by the Reflection Grating Spectrometer (RGS) exhibits broad ( $v \sim 1400 \rm {km s}^{-1}$ FWHM) absorption lines from highly ionized elements including hydrogen- and helium-like carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and neon, and several iron L-shell ions (FeXVII-XX). Also shown in the spectrum is the first astrophysical detection of a broad absorption feature around $\lambda = 16 {-}
17 $Åidentified as an unresolved transition array (UTA) of 2p-3d inner-shell absorption by iron M-shell ions in a much cooler medium; a feature that might be misidentified as an OVII edge when observed with moderate resolution spectrometers. No absorption edges are clearly detected in the spectrum. We demonstrate that the RGS spectrum of IRAS 13349+2438 exhibits absorption lines from at least two distinct regions, one of which is tentatively associated with the medium that produces the optical/UV reddening.

Key words: atomic processes - line: formation - techniques: spectroscopic - quasars: absorption lines - quasars: individual: IRAS 13349+2438 - X-rays: galaxies

Offprint request: M. Sako, masao@astro.columbia.edu

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