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MYTorus fit to Mkn 3 Suzaku data

MYTorus fit to Mkn 3 Suzaku data: unfolded photon spectra
MYTorus fit to Mkn 3 Suzaku data: Fe K alpha line region

Mkn 3 is a well-studied Seyfert 2 galaxy and all previous work has concluded that the column density both in and out of the line-of-sight is $>10^{24} \ {\rm cm^{-2}}$. However, MYTorus fits to Suzaku data for the Seyfert 2 galaxy Mkn 3 show that the line-of-sight column density is $\sim 9.0 \times 10^{23} \ {\rm cm^{-2}}$, but the global average column density is only $\sim 2.4 \times 10^{23} \ {\rm cm^{-2}}$. This Compton-thin continuum component can be seen in blue (labeled CS) in panel (a). It is also clear that the Compton-thin component is the dominant continuum component between $\sim 3-4$ keV. Standard disk-reflection models cannot model this component because the column density in those models is simply assumed to be infinite. The line-of-sight, direct (unscattered, or zeroth-order) contininuum component is shown in orange in panel (a), and labeled as “Z.” Note that the Fe K$\alpha$ and Fe K$\beta$ emission lines are self-consistently calculated and give an excellent fit to the data. It follows from what has been said above, that these emission lines originate in Compton-thin matter in this AGN. This could not be deduced by applying ad hoc disk-reflection models such as pexrav or pexmon.

Note that the Fe XXV He-like emission line is not part of the MYTorus model and is included as a separate component as it must have a different origin to the neutral Fe K$\alpha$ line.

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