Nonthermal processes and neutrino emission from the black hole GRO J0422+32 in a bursting state
Instituto Argentino de Radioastronomía (IAR CCT La Plata, CONICET),
C.C.5, (1984) Villa Elisa,
2 Facultad de Ciencias Astronómicas y Geofísicas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Paseo del Bosque s/n, 1900 La Plata, Argentina
3 Departament d’Astronomia i Meteorologia, Institut de Ciències del Cosmos (ICC), Universitat de Barcelona (IEEC-UB), Martí i Franquès 1, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
Accepted: 22 August 2012
Context. GRO J0422+32 is a member of the class of low-mass X-ray binaries (LMXBs). It was discovered during an outburst in 1992. During the entire episode a persistent power-law spectral component extending up to ~1 MeV was observed, which suggests that nonthermal processes should have occurred in the system.
Aims. We study relativistic particle interactions and the neutrino production in the corona of GRO J0422+32, and explain the behavior of GRO J0422+32 during its recorded flaring phase.
Methods. We have developed a magnetized corona model to fit the spectrum of GRO J0422+32 during the low-hard state. We also estimate neutrino emission and study the detectability of neutrinos with 1 km3 detectors, such as IceCube.
Results. The short duration of the flares (~hours) and an energy cutoff around a few TeV in the neutrino spectrum make neutrino detection difficult. There are, however, many factors that can enhance neutrino emission.
Conclusions. The northern-sky coverage and full duty cycle of IceCube make it possible to detect neutrino bursts from objects of this kind through time-dependent analysis.
Key words: neutrinos / X-rays: binaries / radiation mechanisms: non-thermal
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