Physics of Relativistic Objects in Compact Binaries: From Birth to Coalescence

  • Monica Colpi
  • Piergiorgio Casella
  • Vittorio Gorini
  • Ugo Moschella
  • Andrea Possenti

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 359)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Nichi D'Amico, Marta Burgay
    Pages 77-123
  3. E. P. J. van den Heuvel
    Pages 125-198
  4. Gian Luca Israel, Simone Dall'Osso
    Pages 281-304
  5. Frans Pretorius
    Pages 305-369
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 371-378

About this book


This book provides a comprehensive, authoritative and timely review of the astrophysical approach to the investigation of gravity theories. Particular attention is paid to strong-field tests of general relativity and alternative theories of gravity, performed using collapsed objects (neutron stars, black holes and white dwarfs) in relativistic binaries as laboratories. The book starts with an introduction which gives the background linking experimental gravity in cosmic laboratories to astrophysics and fundamental physics. Subsequent chapters cover observational and theoretical aspects of the following topics: from binaries as test-beds of gravity theories to binary pulsars as cosmic laboratories; from binary star evolution to the formation of relativistic binaries; from short gamma-ray bursts to low mass X-ray binaries; from stellar-mass black hole binaries to coalescing super-massive black holes in galaxy mergers.

The book will be useful to researchers, PhD and graduate students in Astrophysics, Cosmology, Physics and Mathematics, who are interested in relativistic astrophysics, experimental gravity and general relativity.


Canopus Gravity accreting X-ray binaries astronomy astrophysics collapsed objects compact stellar X-ray sources cosmology galaxy general relativity pulsar astronomy relativistic binaries relativistic pulsars relativity stars

Editors and affiliations

  • Monica Colpi
    • 1
  • Piergiorgio Casella
    • 2
  • Vittorio Gorini
    • 3
  • Ugo Moschella
    • 3
  • Andrea Possenti
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Physics G. OcchialiniUniversity of Milano BicoccaMilanoItaly
  2. 2.Astronomical Institute “Anton Pannekoek”University of AmsterdamSJ AmsterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Department of Physics and MathematicsUniversity of InsubriaComoItaly
  4. 4.INAF–Osservatorio Astronomico di CagliariCapoterraItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Netherlands 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-9263-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-9264-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0067-0057
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