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A wildly flickering jet in the black hole X-ray binary MAXI J1535–571.

Cristina Baglio, Maria and Russell, David M. and Casella, Piergiorgio and Al Noori, Hind and Al Yazeedi, Aisha and Belloni, Tomaso and Buckley, David A. H. and Cadolle Bel, Marion and Ceccobello, Chiara and Corbel, Stephane and Coti Zelati, Francesco and Díaz Trigo, Maria and Fender, Rob P. and Gallo, Elena and Gandhi, Poshak and Homan, Jeroen and Koljonen, Karri I. I. and Lewis, Fraser and Maccarone, Thomas J. and Malzac, Julien and Markoff, Sera and Miller-Jones, James C. A. and O’Brien, Kieran and Russell, Thomas D. and Saikia, Payaswini and Shahbaz, Tariq and Sivakoff, Greg R. and Soria, Roberto and Testa, Vincenzo and Tetarenko, Alexandra J. and van den Ancker, Mario E. and Vincentelli, Federico M. (2018) 'A wildly flickering jet in the black hole X-ray binary MAXI J1535–571.', Astrophysical journal., 867 (2). p. 114.


We report on the results of optical, near-infrared (NIR), and mid-infrared observations of the black hole X-ray binary candidate (BHB) MAXI J1535–571 during its 2017/2018 outburst. During the first part of the outburst (MJD 58004–58012), the source shows an optical–NIR spectrum that is consistent with an optically thin synchrotron power law from a jet. After MJD 58015, however, the source faded considerably, the drop in flux being much more evident at lower frequencies. Before the fading, we measure a dereddened flux density of gsim100 mJy in the mid-infrared, making MAXI J1535–571 one of the brightest mid-infrared BHBs known so far. A significant softening of the X-ray spectrum is evident contemporaneous with the infrared fade. We interpret it as being due to the suppression of the jet emission, similar to the accretion–ejection coupling seen in other BHBs. However, MAXI J1535–571 did not transition smoothly to the soft state, instead showing X-ray hardness deviations associated with infrared flaring. We also present the first mid-IR variability study of a BHB on minute timescales, with a fractional rms variability of the light curves of ~15%–22%, which is similar to that expected from the internal shock jet model, and much higher than the optical fractional rms (lesssim7%). These results represent an excellent case of multiwavelength jet spectral timing and demonstrate how rich, multiwavelength time-resolved data of X-ray binaries over accretion state transitions can help in refining models of the disk–jet connection and jet launching in these systems.

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Date accepted:28 September 2018
Date deposited:22 November 2018
Date of first online publication:06 November 2018
Date first made open access:22 November 2018

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