X-ray bursts

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Term: X-ray bursts

A rapid and intense surge of X-ray emission from some sources. They often last less than one second followed by an exponential decrease of typically a few seconds to a minute. Most X-ray bursts are believed to arise in X-ray binary systems due to nuclear fusion of material accreted onto a compact companion.

Created 2023.04.16
Last Modified 2023.04.16
Contributed by Ryan McGranaghan