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X-ray: A very intense form of radiation, even more intense than ultraviolet light. Only gamma rays are more intense. Link: Fusion processes and radiation.

X-ray burster: A semidetached binary system where matter is accreting onto a neutron star. As hydrogen accretes onto a neutron star (possibly producing a variable X-ray source) the hydrogen is promptly burned into helium. The helium accumulates until the temperature is high enough for a degenerate helium burning explosion.







 




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