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Fig. 7.


Relation between the maximum mass accretion rate reached during an outburst multiplied by and the maximum distance travelled by the heating front. Stars correspond to black hole systems, circles to neutron star systems. Red symbols correspond to an orbital period of 155 h, green symbols to 400 h, and blue symbols to 1200 h. Symbols are filled when the heating front reached the outer edge of the disc. The dashed line represents the critical mass transfer rate as given by Eq. (9).

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