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High-redshift radio-quiet quasars : exploring the parameter space of accretion models : II : patchy corona model.

Sobolewska, M. A. and Siemiginowska, A. and Zycki, P. T. (2004) 'High-redshift radio-quiet quasars : exploring the parameter space of accretion models : II : patchy corona model.', Astrophysical journal., 617 (1). pp. 102-112.


We modeled the spectral energy distribution of high-redshift radio-quiet quasars (high-z RQQs). We computed spectra in a patchy corona geometry in which an accretion disk extends to the last stable orbit and the Comptonizing active regions (hot clouds) are distributed above the disk. We explored the model parameter space to find theoretical parameters that give spectra with an optical/UV luminosity, X-ray loudness, and X-ray photon index compatible with those of high-z RQQs observed with Chandra. We found that a range of solutions is possible, from high-kTe low- to low-kTe high- models. The solutions require a low level of energy dissipation in the hot clouds and a low disk covering factor. The modeled mass is on the order of 1010 M, and the accretion rate is ˙M 0:2 ˙MEdd. We compare our results with those obtained previously for a hot inner flow geometry.

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Keywords:Accretion disks, Galaxies, High-redshift, Quasars, X-rays.
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Record Created:20 May 2008
Last Modified:15 Mar 2011 12:32

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