An exploratory study of the hard X-ray variability properties of PG quasars with RXTE

  • M. Guainazzi
  • Published 2000

Abstract

We have monitored with the RXTE PCA the variability pattern of the 2–20 keV flux in four PG quasars (QSOs) from the Laor et al. (1994) sample. Six observations of each target at regular intervals of 1 day were performed. The sample comprises objects with extreme values of Balmer line width (and hence soft X-ray steepness) and spans about one order of magnitude in luminosity. The most robust result is that the variability amplitude decreases as energy increases. Several options for a possible ultimate driver of the soft and hard X-ray variability, such as the influx rate of Comptonizing relativistic particles, instabilities in the accretion flow or the number of X-ray “active sites”, are consistent with our results.

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@inproceedings{Guainazzi2000AnES, title={An exploratory study of the hard X-ray variability properties of PG quasars with RXTE}, author={M. Guainazzi}, year={2000} }