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The origin of the strong soft excess and puzzling iron line complex in Mkn 841

Abstract : Mkn 841 has been observed during 3 different periods (January 2001, January 2005 and July 2005) by XMM-Newton for a total cumulated exposure time of 108 ks. We present in this paper a broad band spectral analysis of the complete EPIC-pn data sets. These observations confirm the presence of the strong soft excess and complex iron line profile known to be present in this source since a long time. They also reveal their extreme and puzzling spectral and temporal behaviors. Indeed, the 0.5-2 keV soft X-ray flux decreases by a factor 3 between 2001 and 2005 and the line shape appears to be a mixed of broad and narrow components, both variable but on different timescales. The broad-band 0.5-10 keV spectra are well described by a model including a primary power law continuum, a blurred photoionized reflection and a narrow iron line, the blurred reflection fitting self-consistently the soft excess and the broad line component. The origin and nature of the narrow component is unclear.
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P.O. Petrucci, G. Ponti, G. Matt, L. Maraschi, J. Malzac, et al.. The origin of the strong soft excess and puzzling iron line complex in Mkn 841. THE MULTICOLORED LANDSCAPE OF COMPACT OBJECTS AND THEIR EXPLOSIVE ORIGINS, Jun 2006, Cefalu, Sicile, Italy. pp.583-588, ⟨10.1063/1.2774914⟩. ⟨in2p3-00184648⟩

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