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A giant radio flare from Cygnus X-3 with associated gamma-ray emission

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Autori: S. Corbel, G. Dubus, J. Tomsick, A. Szostek, R.H.D. Corbet, J.C.A. Miller-Jones, J.L. Richards, G. Pooley, S. Trushkin, R. Dubois, A.B. Hill, M. Kerr, W. Max-Moerbeck, A.C.S. Readhead, A. Bodaghee, V. Tudose, D. Parent, J. Wilms, K. Pottschmidt

Editorial: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 421, p.2947, 2012.


With frequent flaring activity of its relativistic jets, Cygnus X-3 (Cyg X-3) is one of the most active microquasars and is the only Galactic black hole candidate with confirmed high-energy gamma-ray emission, thanks to detections by Fermi Large Area Telescope (Fermi/LAT) and AGILE. In 2011, Cyg X-3 was observed to transit to a soft X-ray state, which is known to be associated with high-energy gamma-ray emission. We present the results of a multiwavelength campaign covering a quenched state, when radio emission from Cyg X-3 is at its weakest and the X-ray spectrum is very soft. A giant (~20 Jy) optically thin radio flare marks the end of the quenched state, accompanied by rising non-thermal hard X-rays. Fermi/LAT observations (E>= 100 MeV) reveal renewed γ-ray activity associated with this giant radio flare, suggesting a common origin for all non-thermal components. In addition, current observations unambiguously show that the gamma-ray emission is not exclusively related to the rare giant radio flares. A three-week period of gamma-ray emission is also detected when Cyg X-3 was weakly flaring in radio, right before transition to the radio quenched state. No gamma-rays are observed during the ~1-month long quenched state, when the radio flux is weakest. Our results suggest transitions into and out of the ultrasoft X-ray (radio-quenched) state trigger gamma-ray emission, implying a connection to the accretion process, and also that the gamma-ray activity is related to the level of radio flux (and possibly shock formation), strengthening the connection to the relativistic jets.

Cuvinte cheie: black hole physics, stars: individual: Cyg X-3, ISM: jets and outflows, gamma-rays: stars, radio continuum: stars, X-rays: binaries