Chinese Acad Sci, Inst High Energy Phys, High Energy Astrophys Lab, Beijing, Peoples R China
; Beijing Normal Univ, Dept Astron, Beijing, Peoples R China
Temporal and spectral properties of X-ray rapid variability of Cyg X-l are studied through correlation analysis in the time domain on different timescales. The correlation coefficients between the total intensity in the 2-60 keV band and the hardness ratio of the 13-60 keV to the 2-6 keV band on the timescale of similar to 1 ms are always negative in all states. For soft states, the correlation coefficients are positive on all timescales from similar to 0.01 to similar to 100 s, which is significantly different from those for transition and low states. The temporal structures in the high-energy band are narrower than those in low-energy band in quite a few cases. The delay of high-energy photons relative to low-energy ones in the X-ray variations has also been revealed by the correlation analysis. The implications of the observed temporal and spectral characteristics for the production region and mechanism of Cyg X-l X-ray variations are discussed.