Accession Number:

ADA464566

Title:

OSSE Observations of NGC 4151

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC E O HULBURT CENTER FOR SPACE RESEARCH

Report Date:

1993-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

6.0

Abstract:

We report results of a two-week observation of NGC 4151 with the OSSE instrument. The source had a very soft spectrum which falls off exponentially with an e-folding energy of 39.2 plus or minus 15 keV in the energy range 65-800 keV, and had an intensity at 100 keV of 2.33 plus or minus 005 x 10exp -2 photons sq cm sec exp -1 MeVexp -1. Simple pair cascade models in a compact source, which have been suggested for Seyfert galaxies, cannot explain the steepness and shape of the spectrum above 100 keV. We suggest pair loading and reacceleration as the mechanism responsible for the observed x-ray and gamma-ray spectra and the previously reported luminosity spectral index correlation between 2-20 keV.

Subject Categories:

  • Astronomy

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE