State Transitions of GRS 1739-278 in the 2014 Outburst

Sili Wang, Nobuyuki Kawai, Megumi Shidatsu, Yutaro Tachibana, Taketoshi Yoshii, Masayuki Sudo, Aya Kubota

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We report on the X-ray spectral analysis and time evolution of GRS 1739-278 during its 2014 outburst based on MAXI/GSC and Swift/XRT observations. Over the course of the outburst, a transition from the low/hard state to the high/soft state and then back to the low/hard state was seen. During the high/soft state, the innermost disk temperature mildly decreased, while the innermost radius estimated with the multi-color disk model remained constant at 18 ( D 8.5 kpc ) ( cos i cos30 ) -1/2 km, where D is the source distance and i is the inclination of observation. This small innermost radius of the accretion disk suggests that the central object is more likely to be a Kerr black hole rather than a Schwardzschild black hole. Applying a relativistic disk emission model to the high/soft state spectra, a mass upper limit of 18.3 M was obtained based on the inclination limit i 60 for an assumed distance of 8.5 kpc. Using the empirical relation of the transition luminosity to the Eddington limit, the mass is constrained to 4.0-18.3M for the same distance. The mass can be further constrained to be no larger than 9.5 M by adopting the constraints based on the fits to the NuSTAR spectra with relativistically blurred disk reflection models (Miller et al. 2015).

Original languageEnglish
JournalUnknown Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Aug 14


  • accretion
  • accretion disks-stars: black holes-X-rays: binaries-X-rays: individual (GRS 1739-278)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General

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