A Decade of Accreting Millisecond X-Ray Pulsars / Edition 1

A Decade of Accreting Millisecond X-Ray Pulsars / Edition 1

by Rudy Wijnands, Diego Altamirano, Paolo Soleri, Nathalie Degenaar
     
 

ISBN-10: 0735405999

ISBN-13: 9780735405998

Pub. Date: 12/28/2008

Publisher: American Institute of Physics

In X-ray binaries, neutron stars (the very dense stellar remnants of heavy stars) accrete matter from a close-by companion star. This matter eventually falls on the neutron star, significantly affecting it. I.e., the star is spun up to very high spin rates. In the end, it might rotate 1000 times a second which causes very fast oscillations in its X-ray brightness.

Overview

In X-ray binaries, neutron stars (the very dense stellar remnants of heavy stars) accrete matter from a close-by companion star. This matter eventually falls on the neutron star, significantly affecting it. I.e., the star is spun up to very high spin rates. In the end, it might rotate 1000 times a second which causes very fast oscillations in its X-ray brightness. This workshop was to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the discovery of the first system in which this signal was found and discuss the most recent observational and theoretical insight in the nature of these systems.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780735405998
Publisher:
American Institute of Physics
Publication date:
12/28/2008
Series:
AIP Conference Proceedings / Astronomy and Astrophysics Series, #1068
Edition description:
2009
Pages:
266
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.80(d)

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