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Simulating the Collapse of a Thick Accretion Disk due to a Type I X-Ray Burst from a Neutron Star

  • Authors: P. Chris Fragile, David R. Ballantyne, Thomas J. Maccarone, and Jason W. L. Witry

2018 The Astrophysical Journal Letters 867 L28.

  • Provider: AAS Journals

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Logarithm of the mass density (in g cm−3, top) and temperature (in K, bottom) from simulations without (left) and with (right) a Type I X-ray burst. All data are time-averaged over the final 0.5 s of each simulation (1.75 s ≤ t ≤ 2.25 s). The X-ray burst causes the initially hot and thick accretion flow to collapses into a disk that is both thinner and cooler by more than an order of magnitude.

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