Volume 488, Number 1, September II 2008
|Page(s)||67 - 72|
|Published online||16 June 2008|
The warm absorber in NGC 5548
The lean years
SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research, Sorbonnelaan 2, 3584 CA Utrecht, The Netherlands e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Astronomical Institute, University of Utrecht, Postbus 80000, 3508 TA Utrecht, The Netherlands
3 School of Physics and Astronomy, The University, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK
Accepted: 16 April 2008
We study the variability of the warm absorber and the gas responsible for the emission lines in the Seyfert 1 galaxy NGC 5548 to constrain the location and physical properties of these components. Using X-ray spectra acquired using the Chandra-LETGS in 2002 and 2005, we study the variability of the ionic column densities and line intensities. We measure a lower forbidden emission line flux in 2005, while the Fe Kα line flux remains constant. The warm absorber is less ionized in 2005, which enbles its location to be constrained to within 7 pc of the central source. Using both the observed variability and the limit on the FWHM of the f line, we constrain the location of the narrow line region to a distance of 1 pc from the central source. The apparent lack of variability in the Fe Kα line flux does enable a unique explanation to be derived.
Key words: galaxies: active / techniques: spectroscopic / galaxies: Seyfert / X-rays: individuals: NGC 5548
© ESO, 2008
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