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Bursting X-Ray Sources: A Theoretical Framework for Accretion Models*

  • F.K. Lamb (a1), A.C. Fabian (a1), J.E. Pringle (a1) and D. Q. Lamb (a2)

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We consider spherically symmetric accretion flow onto a strongly magnetized neutron star. We show that, under certain conditions, the flow is intermittent and that the resultant accretion luminosity (X-rays) from the stellar surface is akin to that observed in the bursting X-ray sources. We investigate the properties of such burst flows under a variety of conditions, in the hopes of providing a basic theoretical framework on which realistic models of the observed bursting sources can be built. This work was supported in part by NSF Grant PHY75-08790.

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Permanent address: Physics Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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A more complete account of this work will appear in a paper to be published in the Astrophysical Journal.

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* A more complete account of this work will appear in a paper to be published in the Astrophysical Journal.

Permanent address: Physics Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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