The Rates of Type I X-Ray Bursts from Transients Observed with RXTE: Evidence for Black Hole Event Horizons

@article{Remillard2005TheRO,
  title={The Rates of Type I X-Ray Bursts from Transients Observed with RXTE: Evidence for Black Hole Event Horizons},
  author={Ronald A. Remillard and Dacheng Lin and Randall L. Cooper and Ramesh Narayan},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2005},
  volume={646},
  pages={407 - 419}
}
We measure the rates of type I X-ray bursts from a likely flux-limited sample of 37 nonpulsing Galactic transients observed with RXTE during 1996-2004. These sources are well categorized in the literature as either neutron star systems or black hole candidates. Our goals are to test the burst model for neutron stars and to investigate whether black holes have event horizons. Target selection is one of several differences between the present study and the investigation of the event horizon… 

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