Letter to the Editor
The column density towards LMC X-1
Dr. Karl Remeis-Observatory & ECAP, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Sternwartstr. 7, 96049 Bamberg, Germany e-mail: Manfred.Hanke@sternwarte.uni-erlangen.de
2 MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, NE80-6077, 77 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
Accepted: 17 December 2009
We measure the neutral absorption towards the black hole X-ray binary system LMC X-1 from six archival soft X-ray spectra obtained with the gratings and/or CCD detectors on Chandra, XMM-Newton, and Swift. Four spectral models for the soft continuum are investigated. While the powerlaw model may overestimate considerably, the others give consistent results. Taking the lower metalicity of the Large Magellanic Cloud into account, we find equivalent hydrogen column densities of = (1.0-1.3) 1022 cm-2, with a systematic dependence on the orbital phase. This variation in the neutral absorption can nearly explain the orbital modulation of the soft X-ray flux recently detected with the All Sky Monitor (ASM) on the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE).
Key words: X-rays: individuals: LMC X-1 / X-rays: binaries / X-rays: ISM / galaxies: abundances
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