Simultaneous NuSTAR and XMM-Newton 0.5-80 keV spectroscopy of the narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxy SWIFT J2127.4+5654 Article uri icon


  • Marinucci, A., Matt, G., Kara, E., Miniutti, G., Elvis, M., Arevalo, P., Ballantyne, D. R., Balokovic, Mislav, Bauer, F., Brenneman, L., Boggs, S. E., Cappi, M., Christensen, F. E., Craig, W. W., Fabian, A. C., Fuerst, F., Hailey, C. J., Harrison, F. A., Risaliti, G., Reynolds, C. S., Stern, D. K., Walton, D. J. and Zhang, W.


  • We present a broad-band spectral analysis of the joint XMM-Newton and Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array observational campaign of the narrow-line Seyfert 1 SWIFT J2127.4+5654, consisting of 300 ks performed during three XMM-Newton orbits. We detect a relativistic broadened iron Ka line originating from the innermost regions of the accretion disc surrounding the central black hole, from which we infer an intermediate spin of a = 0.58^{+0.11}_{-0.17}. The intrinsic spectrum is steep (G = 2.08 ± 0.01) as commonly found in narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxies, while the cutoff energy (E_c=108^{+11}_{-10} keV) falls within the range observed in broad-line Seyfert 1 galaxies. We measure a low-frequency lag that increases steadily with energy, while at high frequencies, there is a clear lag following the shape of the broad Fe K emission line. Interestingly, the observed Fe K lag in SWIFT J2127.4+5654 is not as broad as in other sources that have maximally spinning black holes. The lag amplitude suggests a continuum-to-reprocessor distance of about 10-20 rg. These timing results independently support an intermediate black hole spin and a compact corona.

publication date

  • 2014