Swift X-ray observations of classical novae

J. U. Ness, G. J. Schwarz, A. Retter, S. Starrfield, J. H.M.M. Schmitt, N. Gehrels, D. Burrows, J. P. Osborne

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The new γ-ray burst (GRB) mission Swift has obtained pointed observations of several classical novae in outburst. We analyzed all the observations of classical novae from the Swift archive up to 2006 June 30. We analyzed usable observations of 12 classical novae and found 4 nondetections, 3 weak sources, and 5 strong sources. This includes detections of two novae exhibiting spectra resembling those of supersoft X-ray binary source spectra (SSS), implying ongoing nuclear burning on the white dwarf surface. With these new Swift data, we add to the growing statistics of the X-ray duration and characteristics of classical novae.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)505-515
Number of pages11
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1 I
StatePublished - Jul 1 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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