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Copyright by Royal Astronomical Society. 2015MNRAS.451.4375F Properties of AGN coronae in the NuSTAR era Fabian, A. C.; Lohfink, A.; Kara, E.; Parker, M. L.; Vasudevan, R.; Reynolds, C. S. Abstract. The focusing optics of NuSTAR have enabled high signal-to-noise ratio spectra to be obtained from many X-ray bright active galactic nuclei (AGN) and galactic black hole binaries (BHB). Spectral modelling then allows robust characterization of the spectral index and upper energy cutoff of the coronal power-law continuum, after accounting for reflection and absorption effects. Spectral-timing studies, such as reverberation and broad iron line fitting, of these sources yield coronal sizes, often showing them to be small and in the range of 3 to 10 gravitational radii in size. Our results indicate that coronae are hot and radiatively compact, lying close to the boundary of the region in the compactness-temperature (Theta - l) diagram which is forbidden due to runaway pair production. The coincidence suggests that pair production and annihilation are essential ingredients in the coronae of AGN and BHB and that they control the shape of the observed spectra. Key words: accretion, accretion discs, black hole physics, X-rays: binaries, X-rays: galaxies
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