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The nuclear reaction flow of type I X-ray bursts

Authors
Journal
Nuclear Physics A
0375-9474
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
758
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.nuclphysa.2005.05.082

Abstract

The light curves of type I X-ray bursts (XRBs) result from energy released from the atmosphere of a neutron star when accreted hydrogen and helium ignite and burn explosively via the rp-process. Since charged particle reaction rates are both density and very temperature dependent, a simulation model must provide accurate values of these variables to predict the reaction flow. This paper uses a self-consistent one-dimensional model calculation with a constant accretion rate of M ˙ = 5 × 10 16 g/s ( 0.045 M ˙ Ed. ) and reports on the detailed rp-process reaction flow of a given burst.

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