Special letters issue on: first science with integral
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Volume 411, Number 1, November III 2003
Special letters issue on: first science with integral
Page(s) L377 - L382
Section Letters
DOI https://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20031324
Published online 17 November 2003

A&A 411, L377-L382 (2003)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20031324


SPI/INTEGRAL observation of the Cygnus region

L. Bouchet1, E. Jourdain1, J. P. Roques1, P. Mandrou1, P. von Ballmoos1, S. Boggs2, P. Caraveo3, M. Cassé4, B. Cordier4, R. Diehl5, P. Durouchoux4, A. von Kienlin5, J. Knodlseder1, P. Jean1, P. Leleux6, G. G. Lichti5, J. Matteson7, F. Sanchez6, S. Schanne4, V. Schoenfelder5, G. Skinner1, A. Strong5, B. Teegarden8, G. Vedrenne1 and C. Wunderer5

1  Centre d'Étude Spatiale des Rayonnements, CNRS/UPS, BP 4346, 31028 Toulouse, France
2  Space Science Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
3  IASF, via Bassini 15, 20133 Milano, Italy
4  DSM/DAPNIA/Sap, CEA-Saclay, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette, France
5  Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik, Postfach 1603, 85740 Garching, Germany
6  IFIC, University of Valencia, 50 avenida Dr. Moliner, 46100 Burjassot, Spain
7  UCSD/CASS, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0111, USA
8  Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA

(Received 17 July 2003 / Accepted 27 August 2003 )

We present the analysis of the first observations of the Cygnus region by the SPI spectrometer onboard the Integral Gamma Ray Observatory, encompassing ${\sim}$600 ks of data. Three sources namely Cyg X-1, Cyg X-3 and EXO 2030+375 were clearly detected. Our data illustrate the temporal variability of Cyg X-1 in the energy range from 20 keV to 300 keV. The spectral analysis shows a remarkable stability of the Cyg X-1 spectra when averaged over one day timescale. The other goal of these observations is SPI inflight calibration and performance verification. The latest objective has been achieved as demonstrated by the results presented in this paper.

Key words: gamma rays: observations -- X-ray stars: individual: Cyg X-1, Cyg X-3, EXO 2030+375 -- black hole: physics -- space telescope: INTEGRAL: SPI

Offprint request: L. Bouchet, bouchet@cesr.fr

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