Mayukh Pahari - TIFR, India

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Mayukh Pahari
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High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena (17)
Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (2)

Publications Authored By Mayukh Pahari

Large Area X-ray Propositional Counter (LAXPC) instrument on AstroSat is aimed at providing high time resolution X-ray observations in 3 to 80 keV energy band with moderate energy resolution. To achieve large collecting area, a cluster of three co-aligned identical LAXPC detectors, is used to realize an effective area in access of about 6000 cm2 at 15 keV. The large detection volume of the LAXPC detectors, filled with xenon gas at about 2 atmosphere pressure, results in detection efficiency greater than 50%, above 30 keV. Read More

The low mass X-ray binary 4U 1728-24 was observed with AstroSat/LAXPC on 8th March 2016. Data from a randomly chosen one orbit of over 3 ks was analyzed for detection of rapid intensity variations. We found that the source intensity was nearly steady but towards the end of the observation a typical Type-1 burst was detected. Read More

We present results from simultaneous optical (SALT) and X-ray (Swift and INTEGRAL) observations of GS 1354-64/BW Cir during the 2015 hard state outburst. During the rising phase, optical/X-ray time series show a strong anti-correlation with X-ray photons lagging optical. Optical and X-ray power spectra show quasi-periodic oscillations at a frequency of ~18 mHz with a confidence level of at least 99%. Read More

We performed an analysis of all RXTE observations of the Low Mass X-ray Binary and Black Hole Candidate IGR J17091-3624 during the 2011-2013 outburst of the source. By creating lightcurves, hardness-intensity diagrams and power density spectra of each observation, we have created a set of 9 variability `classes' that phenomenologically describe the range of types of variability seen in this object. We compare our set of variability classes to those established by Belloni et al. Read More

We present results from a detailed spectral-timing analysis of a long ($\sim486$\ks{}, consisting of four observations each with $\sim120$\ks{}) \xmm{} observation of the bare Seyfert~1 galaxy Ark~120 which showed diminution and increment in 0.3$-$10\keV{} X-ray flux alternatively during 2014 March. We study the energy dependent variability of Ark~120 through broadband X-ray spectroscopy, fractional root mean square (rms) spectral modelling, hardness$-$intensity diagram and flux$-$flux analysis. Read More

We present the calibration and background model for the Large Area X-ray Proportional Counter (LAXPC) detectors on-board AstroSat. LAXPC instrument has three nominally identical detectors to achieve large collecting area. These detectors are independent of each other and in the event analysis mode, they record the arrival time and energy of each photon that is detected. Read More

We report the first analysis of data from AstroSat/LAXPC observations of Cygnus X-1 in January 2016. LAXPC spectra reveals that the source was in the canonical hard state, represented by a prominent thermal Comptonization component having a photon index of 1.8 and high temperature kT of electron > 60 keV along with weak reflection and possible disk emission. Read More

We present the first quick look analysis of data from nine {\it AstroSat}'s LAXPC observations of GRS 1915+105 during March 2016 when the source had the characteristics of being in Radio-quiet $\chi$ class. We find that a simple empirical model of a disk blackbody emission, with Comptonization and a broad Gaussian Iron line can fit the time averaged 3--80 keV spectrum with a systematic uncertainty of 1.5\% and a background flux uncertainty of 4\%. Read More

Broad relativistic iron lines from neutron star X-ray binaries are important probes of the inner accretion disk. The X-ray reflection features can be weakened due to strong magnetic fields or very low iron abundances such as is possible in X-ray binaries with low mass, first generation stars as companions. Here we investigate the reality of the broad iron line detected earlier from the neutron star low mass X-ray binary 4U~1820--30 with a degenerate helium dwarf companion. Read More

We analyze two simultaneous \nustar{} and \swift{} data of the Atoll type neutron star (NS) X-ray binary 4U~1728--34 observed on 1 and 3 October, 2013. Based on power density spectra, hardness ratio and colour-colour diagram, we infer that the first and second observations belong to the island state and lower banana state, respectively. During island state, a low-frequency quasi-periodic oscillation (LFQPO) at $\sim4. Read More

Energy dependent phase lags reveal crucial information about the causal relation between various spectral components and about the nature of the accretion geometry around the compact objects. The time-lag and the fractional root mean square (rms) spectra of GRS 1915+105 in its heartbeat oscillation class/$\rho$ state show peculiar behaviour at the fundamental and harmonic frequencies where the lags at the fundamental show a turn around at $\sim$ 10 keV while the lags at the harmonic do not show any turn around at least till $\sim$ 20 keV. The magnitude of lags are of the order of few seconds and hence cannot be attributed to the light travel time effects or Comptonization delays. Read More

We present results from ${\it NuSTAR}$ and ${\it SWIFT}$/XRT joint spectral analysis of V4641 Sgr during a disk dominated or soft state as well as a powerlaw dominated or hard state. The soft state spectrum is well modeled by a relativistically blurred disk emission, a powerlaw, a broad Iron line, two narrow emission lines and two edges. The Markov Chain Monte Carlo simulation technique and the relativistic effects seen in the disk and broad Iron line allow us to self-consistently constrain the inner disk radius, disk inclination angle and distance to the source at 2. Read More

Affiliations: 1TIFR, India, 2Einstein Fellow, Boston University, 3TIFR, India, 4IUCAA, India, 5UvA, Amsterdam

We investigate the complex behavior of energy- and frequency-dependent time/phase lags in the plateau state and the radio-quiet hard state of GRS 1915+105. In our timing analysis, we find that when the source is faint in the radio, QPOs are observed above 2 Hz and typically exhibit soft lags (soft photons lag hard photons), whereas QPOs in the radio-bright plateau state are found below 2.2 Hz and consistently show hard lags. Read More

Using the flux resolved spectroscopy for the first time, we analyse the RXTE/PCA data of the black hole X-ray binaries GRS 1915+105 and IGR J17091-3624, when both sources show large amplitude, quasi-regular oscillations in 2.0-60.0 keV X-ray light curves. Read More

We report a comprehensive study on spectral and timing properties of hard X-ray dips uniquely observed in some so-called variability classes of the micro-quasars GRS 1915+105 and IGR J17091-3624. These dips are characterized by a sudden decline in the 2.0-60. Read More


IGR J17091-3624 is the second black hole X-ray binary after GRS 1915+105, which showed large and distinct variabilities. The study of these variability classes can be useful to understand the accretion-ejection mechanisms of accreting black holes, and hence to probe the strong gravity regime. We report the discovery of two new variability classes (C1 and C2) from IGR J17091-3624 from the 2011 outburst Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer data. Read More

In this work, we study the X-ray timing and spectral evolution of the transient low mass X-ray binary IGR J17091-3624 during first 66 days of its 2011 outburst. We present results obtained from observations with two instruments, Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE)/Proportional Counter Array (PCA) and SWIFT/X-ray telescope (XRT), between 09 February, 2011 and 15 April, 2011. Using quasi-periodic oscillation classifications, power density spectrum characteristics, time-lag behavior and energy spectral properties, we determine source states and their transitions at different times of the outburst. Read More

From the study of X-ray light curve and color-color diagram of the low mass X-ray binary GRS 1915+105, observed by on board proportional counter array (PCA) of Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE), we discover a new class of variability, which we name $\epsilon$ class. We have studied observations between MJD 51200 and 51450. The class shows unusual periodic-like variation in count rate during rise time of two x-ray bursts. Read More