- Conference date: 28–2 November 2007
- Location: St. Pete Beach (Florida)
Several X‐ray transients with peak luminosities in the range have been discovered with Chandra and XMM‐Newton. It has been claimed that the measured luminosities are too high for these transients to be accreting white dwarf binaries. While it is true that accretion onto white dwarfs does not generate such high luminosities, nuclear fusion does. We show that many, if not all, classical novae are transient 2–10 keV X‐ray sources with a peak luminosity in excess of We then estimate the number of classical novae that can be detected in XMM‐Newton monitoring of the Galactic Center region, and conclude that classical novae can be a viable subpopulation of faint Galactic Center transients.
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