D. Huppenkothen, G. Younes, A. Ingram, C. Kouveliotou, S. E. Gogu, M. Bachetti, C. Sánchez-Fernández, J. Chenevez, S. Motta, M. Van Der Klis, J. Granot, N. Gehrels, E. Kuulkers, J. A. Tomsick, D. J. Walton

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In 2015 June, the black hole X-ray binary (BHXRB) V404 Cygni went into outburst for the first time since 1989. Here, we present a comprehensive search for quasi-periodic oscillations (QPOs) of V404 Cygni during its recent outburst, utilizing data from six instruments on board five different X-ray missions: Swift/XRT, Fermi/GBM, Chandra/ACIS, INTEGRAL's IBIS/ISGRI and JEM-X, and NuSTAR. We report the detection of a QPO at 18 mHz simultaneously with both Fermi/GBM and Swift/XRT, another example of a rare but slowly growing new class of mHz-QPOs in BHXRBs linked to sources with a high orbital inclination. Additionally, we find a duo of QPOs in a Chandra/ACIS observation at 73 mHz and 1.03 Hz, as well as a QPO at 136 mHz in a single Swift/XRT observation that can be interpreted as standard Type-C QPOs. Aside from the detected QPOs, there is significant structure in the broadband power, with a strong feature observable in the Chandra observations between 0.1 and 1 Hz. We discuss our results in the context of current models for QPO formation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number90
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
D.H. acknowledges support by the Moore-Sloan Data Science Environment at NYU. Partly based on observations with INTEGRAL, an ESA project with instruments and science data centre funded by ESA member states (especially the PI countries: Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain) and with the participation of Russia and the USA. AI acknowledges support from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) Veni Fellowship, grant number 639.041.437. M.B. was supported in part by the Sardinian Region, in the framework of the Regional Fundamental Research funds (L.R. 7/2007). J.C. thanks financial support from ESA/PRODEX Nr. 90057.

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  • X-rays: binaries
  • methods: statistical
  • relativistic processes
  • stars: black holes


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