Complex absorption hides a Type II QSO in IRAS 13197-1627
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Corresponding author: M. Dadina, email@example.com
Accepted: 1 October 2003
We report on the analysis of a BeppoSAX observation of IRAS 13197-1627. The complexity of the broad band (0.3–100 keV) spectrum of the source prevents us from selecting from two possible best-fit models, i.e. one based on a partial covering and the other on a reflection dominated scenario. Whatever the best fit model, the data imply that: 1) the primary spectrum is heavily obscured by at least two absorbers with column densities of the order of 5 1023 cm-2 and ≥2 1024 cm-2; 2) the intrinsic 2–10 keV luminosity of the source is at least ~2 1044 erg s-1 thus making IRAS 13197-1627 a type-II QSO (more precisely a type 1.8 QSO) rather than a Seyfert 1.8 galaxy as previously classified. Furthermore, there is marginal evidence of an absorption line at 7.5 keV suggesting a possible outflow with 0.1c similar to recent findings on other QSOs and Seyferts.
Key words: galaxies: active / galaxies: individual: IRAS 13197-1627 / X-ray: quasar: general
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