- ``Soft X-ray transient'' outbursts which are not soft
- New Astronomy
- Volume | Issue number
- 9 | 4
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (API)
We have accumulated multiwavelength (X-ray, optical, radio) lightcurves for the eight black hole X-ray binaries which have been observed to enter a supposed `soft X-ray transient' outburst, but remained in the low/hard state throughout the outburst. Comparison of the lightcurve morphologies, spectral behaviour, properties of the quasi-periodic oscillations and the radio jet provides the first study of such objects as a sub-class of X-ray transients. However, rather than assuming that these hard state X-ray transients are different from the `canonical' soft X-ray transient, we prefer to consider the possibility that new analysis of both soft and hard state X-ray transients in a spectral context will provide a model capable of explaining the outburst mechanisms of (almost) all black hole X-ray binaries.
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