Period doubling and non-linear resonance in the black hole candidate IGR J17091-3624?
Experimental Study Group, Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, 77 Massachusetts
Cambridge ( MA), USA
2 Copernicus Astronomical Center, ul. Bartycka 18, 00-716 Warszawa, Poland
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3 Department of Physics, University of Gothenburg, 412-96 Göteborg, Sweden
4 Institute of Physics, Faculty of Philosophy and Science, Silesian University in Opava, Bezručovo nám. 13, 746-01 Opava, Czech Republic
Accepted: 10 March 2012
The two high frequency quasi periodic oscillations (HFQPOs) recently reported in the black hole candidate IGR J17091-3624 are in a 5:2 frequency ratio (164 Hz to 66 Hz). This ratio is strongly suggestive of period doubling and nonlinear resonance analogous to phenomena known in RV Tauri-type pulsating stars (and recently discovered also in oscillations of RR Lyrae-type and of BL Herculis-type variables). An interpretation of the frequency ratio in terms of nonlinear interactions and a comparison with the HFQPOs reported in GRS 1915+105 may imply a mass of about six solar masses for the black hole in IGR J17091-3624.
Key words: accretion, accretion disks / black hole physics / X-rays: binaries / asteroseismology
© ESO, 2012