No IR burst during a type I X-ray burst from the rapid burster (MXB1730–335)


The rapid X-ray burster, MXB1730–335, discovered by Lewin et al.1 and identified2 with the compact globular cluster Liller 1, produces thousands of X-ray bursts a day when in an active phase. The X-ray bursts have thermal spectra and can be classified into two types by their spectral evolution during burst decay (see ref. 3 and refs therein). Type I bursts normally occur at intervals of hours or days, their spectra soften during decay and their behaviour can be accounted for well by a thermonuclear flash in accreted material on a neutron star. Type I bursts are produced by all other bursters. Type II bursts are unique to the rapid burster, occur at intervals from a few seconds up to 10 min and their spectra do not soften during burst decay. Type II bursts are probably caused by an instability of the accretion flow onto the neutron star. We report here the absence of an IR burst during a type I X-ray burst from MXB1730–335. The upper limit on the IR luminosity during the X-ray burst is 70 times smaller than those of reported IR bursts from this object. This seems to rule out a connection between type I X-ray bursts and the reported IR bursts.

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Kawara, K., Hyland, A. & Wainscoat, R. No IR burst during a type I X-ray burst from the rapid burster (MXB1730–335). Nature 309, 770–771 (1984).

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