Possible Detection of Quasi-Periodic Oscillations from Sgr A∗ at 43 GHz

Yuhei Iwata, Tomoharu Oka, Makoto Miyoshi

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Quasi-periodic oscillations (QPOs) are believed to be indirect evidence for black holes. Several authors have reported detections of QPOs from Sgr A, the nucleus of our Galaxy, in infrared and X-ray wavelength during flare-ups. Miyoshi et al. (2011) reported a tentative detection of QPOs in the 43 GHz light curve of Sgr A∗ obtained with the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA). To confirm their detection, we reanalysed their VLBA data very conservatively. The 43 GHz flux was calculated for every 15 seconds by assuming a two-dimensional Gaussian-shape spatial structure. The Lomb-Scargle periodogram of the 43 GHz flux just after a millimeter wave flare of Sgr A, shows three apparent peaks at 10.2, 14.6 and 32.1 min. Two of them are barely consistent with the previously reported QPOs. Using the resonant oscillation model, we estimated the spin parameter of the Sgr A∗ black hole to be 0.56 assuming the mass of 4.3 × 106 Ṁ.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-51
Number of pages2
JournalProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
Publication statusPublished - 2016



  • accretion
  • accretion disks
  • black hole physics
  • Galaxy: center

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

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