Looking for the Elusive 3:2 Ratio of High-frequency Quasi-periodic Oscillations in the Microquasar XTE J1550−564

Abstract : Using the two main XTE J1550−564 outbursts (1998–99 and 2000), we gathered about 30 observations with confirmed detections of high-frequency quasi-periodic oscillations (HFQPOs). While this is a small sample it is enough to start looking at the generic properties of these oscillations, especially focusing on their frequencies and their potential harmonic relationship. This then will provide us with a list of constraints, which are necessary for any attempt to model their origin. We defined five groups based on their similarities in the Fourier domain, namely the continuum of their power-density spectra (PDS) and the HFQPO frequencies. We then combined the individual PDS of each family to obtain a PDS with higher statistics to search for other potential, previously undetected, weaker peaks. While we have two 3σ potential detections of a pair of HFQPOs in our combined PDS, none of them show HFQPOs with frequencies in a previously claimed 3:2 ratio. Using the results presented here we propose an updated list of requirements for any model trying to explain the HFQPOs in microquasars.
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Peggy Varniere, Jerome Rodriguez. Looking for the Elusive 3:2 Ratio of High-frequency Quasi-periodic Oscillations in the Microquasar XTE J1550−564. Astrophys.J., 2018, 865 (2), pp.113. ⟨10.3847/1538-4357/aad774⟩. ⟨hal-01867435⟩

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