Identification of QPO Frequency of GRS 1915+105 as the Relativistic Dynamic Frequency of a Truncated Accretion Disk
We have analyzed AstroSat observations of the galactic microquasar system GRS 1915+105, when the system exhibited C-type quasi-periodic oscillations (QPOs) in the frequency range of 3.4-5.4 Hz. The broadband spectra (1-50 keV) obtained simultaneously from the Large Area X-ray Proportional Counter and Soft X-ray Telescope can be well described by a dominant relativistic truncated accretion disk along with thermal Comptonization and reflection. We find that while the QPO frequency depends on the inner radii with a large scatter, a much tighter correlation is obtained when both the inner radii and accretion rate of the disk are taken into account. In fact, the frequency varies just as the dynamic frequency (I.e., the inverse of the sound crossing time) does as predicted decades ago by the relativistic standard accretion disk theory for a black hole with a spin parameter of ∼0.9. We show that this identification has been possible due to the simultaneous broadband spectral coverage with temporal information as obtained from AstroSat.
The Astrophysical Journal
- Pub Date:
- February 2020
- Astrophysics - High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena
- 7 Pages, 4 Figures, 1 Table, Accepted for publication in Astrophysical Journal Letters (ApJL)