Brenneman, L. W.3; Madejski, G.4; Fuerst, F.13; Matt, G.6; Elvis, M.3; Harrison, F. A.13; Ballantyne, D. R.14; Boggs, S. E.15; Christensen, Finn Erland1; Craig, W. W.9; Fabian, A. C.10; Grefenstette, B. W.13; Hailey, C. J.16; Madsen, K. K.13; Marinucci, A.6; Rivers, E.13; Stern, D.13; Walton, D. J.13; Zhang, W. W.17
1 National Space Institute, Technical University of Denmark2 Astrophysics, National Space Institute, Technical University of Denmark3 Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics4 SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory5 California Institute of Technology6 Università degli Studi Roma Tre7 Georgia Institute of Technology8 University of California at Berkeley9 Technical University of Denmark10 Institute of Astronomy11 Columbia University12 NASA Goddard Space Flight Center13 California Institute of Technology14 Georgia Institute of Technology15 University of California at Berkeley16 Columbia University17 NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
We present an analysis of a ~160 ks NuSTAR observation of the nearby bright Seyfert galaxy IC 4329A. The highquality broadband spectrum enables us to separate the effects of distant reflection from the direct coronal continuum, and to therefore accurately measure the high-energy cutoff to be Ecut = 178-40+74 keV. The coronal emission arises from accretion disk photons Compton up-scattered by a thermal plasma, with the spectral index and cutoff being due to a combination of the finite plasma temperature and optical depth. Applying standard Comptonization models, we measure both physical properties independently using the best signal to noise obtained to date in an active galactic nucleus over the 3-79 keV band. We derive kTe = 37-6+7 keV with τ = 1.25-0.10+0.20 assuming a slab geometry for the plasma, and kTe = 33-6+6 keV with τ = 3.41-0.38+0.58 for a spherical geometry, with both having an equivalent goodness-of-fit.