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12 - Thermal X-rays from Neutron Stars

from Part II - Observed Physical Characteristics

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 July 2022

Andrew Lyne
Affiliation:
University of Manchester
Francis Graham-Smith
Affiliation:
University of Manchester
Benjamin Stappers
Affiliation:
University of Manchester
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Thermal x-rays from neutron stars are mainly radiated by accretion discs originating in the flux of material from a companion star. The companions are white dwarf stars with a range of masses, and some black holes. X-ray bursts are attributed to catastrophic nuclear events on the neutron star surface following accretion from the companion. Structure in the rotating accretion disc is observed as quasi-periodic oscillations (QPOs).

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Pulsar Astronomy , pp. 192 - 210
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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