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INTEGRAL detection of two Seyfert 1 galaxies: ESO 140-43 and ESO 141-55

ATEL # 1264; V. Beckmann (ISDC), D. Petry (MPE), G. Weidenspointner (MPE & MPI HLL)
on 8 Nov 2007; 15:05 UT
Password Certification: Volker Beckmann (Volker.Beckmann@obs.unige.ch)

Subjects: Optical, X-ray, Gamma Ray, AGN

A region centered roughly on RA 18:30 h, DEC -60 deg (constellation Pavo) was observed by INTEGRAL from 2007 Oct 29 to Nov 4 for about 378 ks. In this observation, proposed to observe extended Galactic diffuse emission, we discovered in IBIS/ISGRI sky maps two new INTEGRAL hard X-ray (20-100 keV) sources:
1) A source with 14 sigma significance at position RA = 18 45 10, DEC = -62 21 21 (J2000.0; estimated uncertainty 2 arcmin), consistent with ESO 140-43, a Seyfert-1 galaxy at z=0.0141. A power-law fit resulted in a spectral index of Γ = 1.8 0.3 and a flux of 1.7e-11 erg/cm**2/sec (20-40 keV) and 2.6e-11 erg/cm**2/sec (40-100 keV), respectively. The combined JEM-X and ISGRI data show an overall luminosity of L=3e43 erg/sec in the 5-100 keV energy band. INTEGRAL's optical monitor OMC gives a V-band magnitude of 13.4 mag.
2) Another source with 19 sigma at position RA = 19 21 19, DEC = -58 39 49 (J2000.0; estimated uncertainty 2 arcmin), consistent with ESO 141-55, a Seyfert-1 galaxy at z=0.0366. Here, a power-law spectral fit resulted in a photon index of Γ = 1.9 -0.4 and a flux of 1.9e-11 erg/cm**2/sec (20-40 keV) and 1.2e-11 erg/cm**2/sec (40-60 keV), respectively. The combined spectrum gives a luminosity of 2e44 erg/sec in the 5-60 keV band, and also this source has V=13.4 mag according to the OMC.

Both objects have not previously been detected above 20 keV. They were detected in soft X-rays by ROSAT (0.1-2.4 keV, Voges et al., 1999, A&A, 349, 389) and RXTE (3-20 keV, Revnivtsev et al., 2004, A&A, 418, 927). ESO 141-55 was also detected by ASCA (0.7-2 keV, Ueda et al., 2005, ApJS, 161, 185).

Results based on spectral modelling (fluxes in erg cm-2 s-1):

                    ESO 140-43       ESO 141-55
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Γ 1.7 0.2 1.9 0.4
fX(5-20 keV) 0.910-11 3.410-11
fX(20-40 keV) 1.710-11 1.910-11
fX(40-100 keV) 2.610-11 2.810-11 (*)
LX(5-100 keV) 31043 erg s-1 2.51044 erg s-1 (*)
V 13.4 mag 13.4 mag

(*): extrapolated value

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