Volume 424, Number 2, September III 2004
|Page(s)||L5 - L8|
|Published online||23 August 2004|
Letter to the Editor
First simultanous X-ray and optical observations of rapid variability of supercritical accretor SS433
Max-Planck-Institute für Astrophysik, Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 1, 85740 Garching bei München, Germany e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Space Research Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Profsoyuznaya 84/32, 117810 Moscow, Russia
3 Special Astrophysical Observatory, Nizhnij Arkhyz, Karachaevo-Cherkesiya, 369167, Russia
4 Sternberg Astronomical Institute, 119992, Moscow, Russia
5 Kazan State University, Kremlevskaya str.18, 420008, Kazan, Russia
6 TUBITAK National Observatory, Akdeniz Universitesi Yerleskesi, 07058, Antalya, Turkey
7 Akdeniz University, Physics Dept. 07058, Antalya, Turkey
Accepted: 24 June 2004
We present results of first simultaneous optical and X-ray observations of peculiar binary system SS433. For the first time, chaotic variability of SS433 in the optical spectral band (R band) on time scales as small as tens of seconds was detected. We find that the X-ray flux of SS433 is delayed with respect to the optical emission by approximately 80 s. Such a delay can be interpreted as the travel time of mass accretion rate perturbations from the jet base to the observed X-ray emitting region. In this model, the length of the supercritical accretion disk funnel in SS433 is cm.
Key words: accretion, accretion disks / black hole physics / instabilities / stars: binaries:general / X-rays: general / X-rays: stars
© ESO, 2004
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