Letter to the Editor
XMM-Newton discovery of soft X-ray absorption in the high-z superluminous Blazar RBS 315
European Space Astronomy Center (ESA), Apartado 50727, 28080 Madrid, Spain e-mail: Enrico.Piconcelli@sciops.esa.int
Accepted: 14 September 2005
We present the analysis and the results of a 20 ks XMM-Newton observation of the extremely X-ray loud ( erg s-1) flat-spectrum radio quasar RBS 315 at a redshift of 2.69. This EPIC observation has allowed us to strongly constrain the slope of the continuum () as well as to discover the presence of a sharp drop below ≈2 keV in its spectrum. Such a flat photon index and the huge luminosity suggest that the X-ray emission is due to the low energy tail of the Comptonized spectrum, produced from plasma in a relativistic jet oriented close to our line of sight. Even though the hypothesis of a break in the continuum cannot be completely discarded as an explanation of the soft X-ray cutoff, the presence of intrinsic absorption appears more plausible. Spectral fits with cold ( = 1.62 1022 cm-2) and lukewarm ( = 2.2 1022 cm-2; ξ = 15 erg cm-2 s-1) absorbers are statistically indistinguishable. Remarkably, our results are very similar to those reported so far for other absorbed high-z Blazars observed by XMM-Newton. The existence of this “homogeneous” class of jet-dominated superluminous obscured QSOs at high z therefore could be important in the context of the formation and cosmological evolution of radio-loud objects.
Key words: galaxies: active / quasar: general / X-ray: individual: RBS 315
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