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Title: Effects of Thermonuclear X-Ray Bursts on Non-burst Emissions in the Soft State of 4U 1728–34
Authors: Bhattacharyya, Sudip
Yadav, J.S.
Sridhar, Navin
Chauhan, Jai Verdhan
Agrawal, P.C.
Antia, H M
Pahari, Mayukh
Misra, Ranjeev
Katoch, Tilak
Manchanda, R.K.
Paul, Biswajit
Keywords: accretion
accretion disks – methods
data analysis – X-rays
binaries – X-rays:bursts
X-rays: individual (4U 1728)
Issue Date: 20-Jun-2018
Publisher: IOP Sciences for The American Astronomical Society
Citation: Astrophysical Journal, 2018, Vol. 860, p88
Abstract: It has recently been shown that the persistent emission of a neutron star low-mass X-ray binary (LMXB) evolves during a thermonuclear (type-I) X-ray burst. The reason of this evolution, however, is not fully known. This uncertainty can introduce significant systematics in the neutron star radius measurement using burst spectra, particularly if an unknown but significant fraction of the burst emission, which is reprocessed, contributes to the changes in the persistent emission during the burst. Here, by analyzing individual burst data of AstroSat/LAXPC from the neutron star LMXB 4U 1728–34 in the soft state, we show that the burst emission is not significantly reprocessed by a corona covering the neutron star. Rather, our analysis suggests that the burst emission enhances the accretion disk emission, possibly by increasing the accretion rate via disk. This enhanced disk emission, which is Comptonized by a corona covering the disk, can explain an increased persistent emission observed during the burst. This finding provides an understanding of persistent emission components and their interaction with the thermonuclear burst emission. Furthermore, as burst photons are not significantly reprocessed, non-burst and burst emissions can be reliably separated, which is required to reduce systematic uncertainties in the stellar radius measurement
Description: Open Access
ISSN: 0004-637X
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Copyright: 2018. The American Astronomical Society
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