Volume 626, June 2019
|Number of page(s)||16|
|Published online||10 June 2019|
Reflection geometries in absorbed and unabsorbed AGN
Astronomy Department, University of Geneva, Chemin d’Ecogia 16, 1290 Versoix, Switzerland
Accepted: 10 April 2019
Context. The hard X-ray emission of active galactic nuclei (AGN), and in particular, the reflection component, is shaped by the innermost and outer regions of the galactic nucleus.
Aims. Our main goal is to investigate the variation of the Compton hump amongst a population of sources and correlate it with other spectral properties to constrain the source geometry.
Methods. We studied the NuSTAR hard X-ray spectra of a sample of 83 AGN and performed a detailed spectral analysis of each of them. Based on their spectral shape, we divided the sample into five categories and also studied their stacked spectra.
Results. We found a stronger reflection in mildly obscured sources, which verifies the results reported in previous works. In addition, the reflection behaviour, and probably origin, varies with absorption. The accretion disc seems to be the main reflector in unabsorbed sources. A clumpy torus seems to produce most of the reflection in obscured sources. The filling factor of the clouds surrounding the active nucleus is a key parameter that drives the appearance of AGN. Finally, we found that the Fe line and the Compton hump are roughly correlated, as expected.
Key words: galaxies: active / galaxies: nuclei / galaxies: Seyfert / X-rays: diffuse background / X-rays: galaxies
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