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Title: Multi-epoch analysis of the X-ray spectrum of the active galactic nucleus in NGC 5506
Author: Shangyu Sun, Matteo Guainazzi, Qingling Ni, Jingchun Wang, Chenyang Qian, Fangzheng Shi, Yu Wang, Cosimo Bambi

We present a multi-epoch X-ray spectroscopy analysis of the nearby narrow-line Seyfert I galaxy NGC 5506. For the first time, spectra taken by Chandra, XMM-Newton, Suzaku, and NuSTAR - covering the 2000-2014 time span - are analyzed simultaneously, using state-of-the-art models to describe reprocessing of the primary continuum by optical thick matter in the AGN environment. The main goal of our study is determining the spin of the supermassive black hole (SMBH). The nuclear X-ray spectrum is photoelectrically absorbed by matter with column density \simeq 3 x 10^22~cm^-2. A soft excess is present at energies lower than the photoelectric cut-off. Both photo-ionized and collisionally ionized components are required to fit it. This component is constant over the time-scales probed by our data. The spectrum at energies higher than 2 keV is variable. We propose that its evolution could be driven by flux-dependent changes in the geometry of the innermost regions of the accretion disk. If we take this hypothesis into account, the black hole spin in NGC 5506 is constrained to be comprised between 0.91<a<0.98 at 90% confidence level for one interesting parameter.

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NGC 5506 (also MK 1376, MCG 0-36-28, IRAS 14106-0258, UGCA 387, and PGC 50782) is a magnitude +11.9 edge-on Seyfert spiral galaxy located 85 million light-years away in the constellation Virgo.
The galaxy can be found about 2 degrees SW of the star Upsilon Virgo.
The galaxy is close (03' south) to NGC 5507. Together, they form a gravitationally bound galaxy pair.

The galaxy was discovered by German-British astronomer William Herschel using a 47.5 cm (18.7 inch) f/13 speculum reflector at Windsor Road, Slough, on the 15th April 1787.

Right ascension 14h 13m 14.866s, Declination -03 12' 26.95"

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