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Astron. Astrophys. 327, 215-218 (1997)

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The BeppoSAX LECS X-ray spectrum of Hercules X-1

T. Oosterbroek , A.N. Parmar , D.D.E. Martin and U. Lammers

Astrophysics Division, Space Science Department of ESA, ESTEC, P.O. Box 299, 2200 AG Noordwijk, The Netherlands

Received 30 May 1997 / Accepted 17 June 1997


We present 0.1-10 keV observations of Her X-1 obtained with the Low-Energy Spectrometer Concentrator instrument onboard the BeppoSAX satellite during the main on-state of the 35 day cycle. We confirm the existence of an intense 0.093 keV blackbody component and a broad emission feature at 0.94 keV. The pulse phase dependence of these components is similar, suggesting a common origin. This is most likely fluorescent excitation of moderately ionized ([FORMULA] 10-100) material located at the inner edge of the accretion disk.

Key words: stars: Her X-1 – neutron stars – X-rays: stars

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