DIAGNOSING THE BURST INFLUENCE ON ACCRETION IN THE CLOCKED BURSTER GS 1826-238

Long Ji, Shu Zhang, YuPeng Chen, Shuang-Nan Zhang, Diego F. Torres, Peter Kretschmar, Erik Kuulkers, Jian Li, Zhi Chang
2015 Astrophysical Journal  
Type-I X-ray bursts on the surface of a neutron star are a unique probe to the accretion in X-ray binary systems. However, we know little about the feedback of the burst emission upon accretion. Hard X-ray shortages and enhancements of the persistent emission at soft X-rays have been observed. To put these findings in context with the aim of understanding the possible mechanism underneath, we investigated 68 bursts seen by RXTE from the clocked burster GS 1826--238. We diagnosed jointly the
more » ... t influence at both soft and hard X-rays, and found that the observations can be described as the CompTT model with variable normalization, electron temperature and optical depth. Putting these results in a scenario of coronal Compton cooling via the burst emission would lead to a shortage of the cooling power, which may suggest that additional consideration like the influence of the burst on the corona formation should be accounted for as well.
doi:10.1088/0004-637x/806/1/89 fatcat:vurtnxloxvcshkixcwsluxvdzm