ACCRETION FLOW DYNAMICS OF MAXI J1836-194 DURING ITS 2011 OUTBURST FROM TCAF SOLUTION

Arghajit Jana, Dipak Debnath, Sandip K. Chakrabarti, Santanu Mondal, Aslam Ali Molla

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Abstract

The Galactic transient X-ray binary MAXI J1836-194 was discovered on 2011 August 29. Here we make a detailed study of the spectral and timing properties of its 2011 outburst using archival data from the RXTE Proportional Counter Array instrument. The evolution of accretion flow dynamics of the source during the outburst through spectral analysis with Chakrabarti-Titarchuk's two-component advective flow (TCAF) solution as a local table model in XSPEC. We also fitted spectra with combined disk blackbody and power-law models and compared it with the TCAF model fitted results. The source is found to be in hard and hard-intermediate spectral states only during the entire phase of this outburst. No soft or soft-intermediate spectral states are observed. This could be due to the fact that this object belongs to a special class of sources (e.g., MAXI J1659-152, Swift J1753.5-0127, etc.) that have very short orbital periods and that the companion is profusely mass-losing or the disk is immersed inside an excretion disk. In these cases, flows in the accretion disk are primarily dominated by low viscous sub-Keplerian flow and the Keplerian rate is not high enough to initiate softer states. Low-frequency quasi-periodic oscillations (QPOs) are observed sporadically although as in normal outbursts of transient black holes, monotonic evolutions of QPO frequency during both rising and declining phases are observed. From the TCAF fits, we find the mass of the black hole in the range of 7.5-11 M, and from time differences between peaks of the Keplerian and sub-Keplerian accretion rates we obtain a viscous timescale for this particular outburst, ∼10 days.

Original languageEnglish
Article number107
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume819
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 10 Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • X-rays: binaries
  • accretion, accretion disks
  • radiation: dynamics
  • shock waves
  • stars: black holes
  • stars: individual (MAXI J1836-194)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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