Novae as a Class of Transient X‐ray Sources

@article{Mukai2008NovaeAA,
  title={Novae as a Class of Transient X‐ray Sources},
  author={Koji Mukai and Marina Orio and Mathematical Physics and UC Santa Barbara Inaf - Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri},
  journal={arXiv: Astrophysics},
  year={2008},
  volume={1010},
  pages={143-147}
}
Several X‐ray transients with peak luminosities in the 1034–1035 ergs s−1 range have been discovered with Chandra and XMM‐Newton. It has been claimed that the measured luminosities are too high for these transients to be accreting white dwarf binaries. While it is true that accretion onto white dwarfs does not generate such high luminosities, nuclear fusion does. We show that many, if not all, classical novae are transient 2–10 keV X‐ray sources with a peak luminosity in excess of 1034 ergs s−1… Expand

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