Phase-resolved spectral analysis of the 11 mHz quasi-periodic oscillation in the black hole candidate H1743-322

Cheng, Z., Méndez, M., Altamirano, D., Beri, A. & Wang, Y., Jan-2019, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 482, 1, p. 550-559 10 p.

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H1743-322 is one of the few black hole candidates (BHCs) in low-mass X-ray binaries that shows mHz quasi-periodic oscillations (QPOs) that are not associated with the more common type A, B, and C oscillations seen in the X-ray light curves of typical BHC systems. To better understand the physical origin of the mHz oscillations, we carried out a phase-resolved spectroscopic study of two RXTE observations of this source. As previously reported, the averaged energy spectra of H1743-322 show a strong iron line at 6.5 keV. Here we found evidence that the line flux appears to be modulated at twice the frequency of the mHz QPO. This line flux modulation is very similar to the one previously found for the type-C QPO in this source. We interpret the possibly periodic line flux modulation with this mHz QPO in terms of Lense-Thirring precession of the inner flow, and discuss the possible connection with the modulation of the line properties with the type-C QPO frequency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)550-559
Number of pages10
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan-2019


  • accretion, accretion discs, black hole physics, relativistic processes, X-rays: individual: H1743-322, X-RAY BINARIES, ENERGY-DEPENDENCE, HIGH-FREQUENCY, CENTROID FREQUENCY, TIMING PROPERTIES, STANDING SHOCKS, CROSS-SECTIONS, IRON LINE, ACCRETION, VARIABILITY

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