4U 1728-34

 4U 1728-34
(Credit: T. Strohmayer)

This figure depicts a burst from the Low Mass X-ray Binary (LMXB) source 4U 1728-34 and the corresponding power density spectrum (PDS). For the duration of the burst, we see a quasi-periodic ocsillation (QPO) around 364 Hz, which current theories attribute to the X-ray emission from a hot spot on the surface of the spinning neutron star. This provides the first evidence for a millisecond spin period for a neutron star which is not a radio pulsar!

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