First high-resolution detection of a warm absorber in the Broad Line Radio Galaxy 3C 382

Astronomy and Astrophysics – Astrophysics – High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena

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5 pages, 3 figures, 1 table, accepted for publication in MNRAS Letters

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Recent high-resolution measurements suggest that the soft X-ray spectrum of obscured Radio Galaxies (RG) exhibits signatures of photoionised gas (e.g. 3C 445 and 3C 33) similar to those observed in radio-quiet obscured Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN). While signatures of warm absorbing gas covering a wide range of temperature and ionisation states have been detected in about one half of the population of nearby Seyfert 1 galaxies, no traces of warm absorber gas have been reported to date in the high-resolution spectra of Broad Line Radio Galaxies (BLRG). We present here the first detection of a soft X-ray warm absorber in the powerful FRII BLRG 3C 382 using the Reflection Grating Spectrometer (RGS) on-board XMM-Newton. The absorption gas appears to be highly ionised, with column density of the order of 10^{22} cm^{-2}, ionisation parameter log\xi>2 erg cm s^{-1} and outflow velocities of the order of 10^{3} km s^{-1}. The absorption lines may come from regions located outside the torus, however at distances less than 60 pc. This result may indicate that a plasma ejected at velocities near the speed of light and a photoionised gas with slower, outflow velocities can coexist in the same source beyond the Broad Line Regions.

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