An extreme gravitationally redshifted iron line at 4.8 keV in Mrk 876 [HEAP]

X-ray spectral lines at unforeseen energies are important because they can shed light on the extreme physical conditions of the environment around the supermassive black holes of active galactic nuclei (AGN). Mrk 876 displays such a line at 4.8 keV rest-frame energy. A possible interpretation of its origin can be found in the hotspot scenario. In this scenario the primary radiation from a flare in the hot corona of an AGN illuminates a limited portion of the accretion disk that emits by fluorescence. In this context the line can represent an extreme gravitationally redshifted Fe line originating on the accretion disk below 6 gravitational radii from a rotating supermassive black hole. The correct estimate of the line significance requires a dedicated approach. Based on an existing rigorous approach, we have performed extensive Monte Carlo simulations. We determine that the line is a real feature at ~99 confidence level.

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E. Bottacini, E. Orlando, J. Greiner, et. al.
Thu, 11 Dec 14

Comments: ApJL accepted