Swift X-ray observations of classical novae

J. U. Ness, G. J. Schwarz, A. Retter, Sumner 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


  • Novae, cataclysmic variables
  • Stars: individual (V574 Pup, V382 Nor, V1663 Aql, V5116 Sgr, V1047 Cen, V476 Sct, V477 Sct, Nova LMC 2005, V1494 Aql, V4743 Sgr, V1188 Sco)
  • X-rays: stars

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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