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The universe in X-rays

The universe in X-rays

Truemper, J. (Joachim), 1933-; Hasinger, Günther

With contributions from leading scientists in the field, and edited by two of the most prominent astronomers of our time, this is a totally authoritative volume on X-ray astronomy that will be essential reading for everyone interested - from students to astrophysicists and physicists. All the aspects of this exciting area of study are covered, from astronomical instrumentation to extragalactic X-ray astronomy

Book. English.
Published Berlin; New York: Springer, c2008

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Statement of responsibility: Joachim E. Trümper, Günther Hasinger (eds.)
ISBN: 354034411X, 9783540344117
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: "With 237 figures, 40 in colour and 19 tables".
Physical Description: xix, 496 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
Series: Astronomy and astrophysics library,
Subject: X-ray astronomy.

Contents

  1. X-Ray Astronomical Instrumentation.- Overview.- Proportional Counters.- Scintillation Counters.- Imaging Proportional Counters.- Aperture Modulation Telescopes.- Wolter Optics.- CCD Detectors.- High Resolution Spectroscopy.- Galactic X-Ray Astronomy.- Solar System Objects.- Nuclear Burning Stars.- White Dwarfs.- X-Ray Emission of Cataclysmic Variables and Related Objects.- Classical Novae.- Pulsars and Isolated Neutron Stars.- Accreting Neutron Stars.- Black-Hole Binaries.- X-Ray Studies of Supernovae and Supernova Remnants.- The Interstellar Medium.- The Galactic Center.- Extragalactic X-Ray Astronomy.- X-Rays from Nearby Galaxies.- X-Ray Flares in the Cores of Galaxies.- Active Galactic Nuclei.- X-Ray Studies of Clusters of Galaxies.- Gamma-Ray Bursts.- Cosmic X-Ray Background.- The Future.

Description

In the last 45 years, X-ray astronomy has become an integral part of modern astrophysics and cosmology. There is a wide range of astrophysical objects and phenomena, where X-rays provide crucial diagnostics. In particular they are well suited to study hot plasmas and matter under extreme physical conditions in compact objects. This book summarizes the present status of X-ray astronomy in terms of observational results and their astrophysical interpretation. It is written for students, astrophysicists as well a growing community of physicists interested in the field. An introduction including historical material is followed by chapters on X-ray astronomical instrumentation. The next two parts summarize in 17 chapters the present knowledge on various classes of X-ray sources in the galactic and extragalactic realm. While the X-ray astronomical highlights discussed in this book are mainly based on results from ROSAT, ASCA, RXTE, BeppoSAX, Chandra and XMM-Newton, a final chapter provides an outlook on observational capabilities and projects discussed for the future.

Reviews

Aus den Rezensionen:

"Ein gutes und gleichzeitig umfassendes Buch über Röntgenastronomie zu finden ist schwer, ein aktuelles Lehrbuch gar unmöglich. Jeder, der Röntgenastronomie lehrt, steht daher vor der Aufgabe, selbst ein Skript zu erstellen. ... Ausführlich werden Sterne und Supernovae diskutiert. ... Abbildungen der zahlreichen Spektren und Lichtkurven sind vielfach gut reproduziert ... Jedes Kapitel ist für sich selbst umfassend und lesenswert. ... ein Kompendium für den lehrenden Wissenschaftler, Einführungslektüre für junge Forscher oder für fachangrenzende Wissenschaftler ..." (Jürgen Kerp, in: Physik Journal, January/2010, Vol. 9, Issue 1, S. 69)

Back cover copy

In the last 45 years, X-ray astronomy has become an integral part of modern astrophysics and cosmology. There is a wide range of astrophysical objects and phenomena, where X-rays provide crucial diagnostics. In particular they are well suited to study hot plasmas and matter under extreme physical conditions in compact objects. This book summarizes the present status of X-ray astronomy in terms of observational results and their astrophysical interpretation. It is written for students, astrophysicists as well a growing community of physicists interested in the field. An introduction including historical material is followed by chapters on X-ray astronomical instrumentation. The next two parts summarize in 17 chapters the present knowledge on various classes of X-ray sources in the galactic and extragalactic realm. While the X-ray astronomical highlights discussed in this book are mainly based on results from ROSAT, ASCA, RXTE, BeppoSAX, Chandra and XMM-Newton, a final chapter provides an outlook on observational capabilities and projects discussed for the future.