The Seyfert galaxy NGC 6814 is known to show periodic variation of its X-ray luminosity. We found that the sequences of peaks (variability patterns) in the folded X-ray light curves constructed from the {\it Exosat} and {\it Ginga} data are remarkably similar when one ignores amplitudes of the peaks and considers only their phases. The stable pattern consists of five peaks which are present in the both curves. The phases of the corresponding peaks coincide with an accuracy of about 10 degrees. The probability that this coincidence occurs by chance is less than about 1\% according to the most conservative estimate. The observed stable pattern of peaks may be produced by a stable distribution of ``bright spots'' on the accretion disk surface, {\it e.g.} by strong vortices or magnetic flux tubes.

Similarity of the Variability Patterns in the EXOSAT and GINGA Folded Lightcurves of the Seyfert Galaxy NGC6814

Lanza, Antonio
1993

Abstract

The Seyfert galaxy NGC 6814 is known to show periodic variation of its X-ray luminosity. We found that the sequences of peaks (variability patterns) in the folded X-ray light curves constructed from the {\it Exosat} and {\it Ginga} data are remarkably similar when one ignores amplitudes of the peaks and considers only their phases. The stable pattern consists of five peaks which are present in the both curves. The phases of the corresponding peaks coincide with an accuracy of about 10 degrees. The probability that this coincidence occurs by chance is less than about 1\% according to the most conservative estimate. The observed stable pattern of peaks may be produced by a stable distribution of ``bright spots'' on the accretion disk surface, {\it e.g.} by strong vortices or magnetic flux tubes.
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https://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/9301003
Abramowicz, M. A.; Bao, G.; Karas, V.; Lanza, Antonio
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