When Bitcoin is bridged to Avalanche®, it is represented by an ERC20 token on the Avalanche C-chain with the symbol BTC.b. The “.b” indicates that the token was bridged from the Bitcoin network, just as Avalanche Bridge™ tokens bridged from the Ethereum end in “.e”. Each BTC.b token is fully backed by a Bitcoin locked by the bridge enclave application.
Note that sending BTC.b back is the same process but in reverse, resulting in BTC.b turning into BTC.
For a more in-depth read on how the Avalanche Bridge works, please read the following articles.
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