The Universe in X-Rays

  • Joachim E. Trümper
  • Günther Hasinger
Part of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Library book series (AAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. X-Ray Astronomical Instrumentation

    1. R. Staubert, J. Trümper
      Pages 3-4
    2. E. Pfeffermann
      Pages 5-14
    3. E. Kendziorra
      Pages 15-19
    4. E. Pfeffermann
      Pages 21-28
    5. R. Staubert
      Pages 29-39
    6. P. Friedrich
      Pages 41-50
    7. L. Strüder, N. Meidinger
      Pages 51-71
    8. P. Predehl
      Pages 73-82
  3. Galactic X-Ray Astronomy

    1. K. Dennerl
      Pages 85-96
    2. J. H. M. M. Schmitt, B. Stelzer
      Pages 97-131
    3. K. Werner
      Pages 133-143
    4. J. Krautter
      Pages 169-182
    5. W. Becker, F. Haberl, J. Trümper
      Pages 183-216
    6. R. Staubert
      Pages 217-236
    7. Y. Tanaka
      Pages 237-259
    8. D. Breitschwerdt, M. Freyberg, P. Predehl
      Pages 311-331
    9. P. Predehl
      Pages 333-344

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

CCD Cosmology Extragalactic Astronomy Galactic Astronomy Galaxy Imaging X-Ray Telescopes Neutron Star Universe X-Ray Astronomy X-Ray Detectors X-Ray Sky X-Ray Source Catalogue astrophysics stellar

Editors and affiliations

  • Joachim E. Trümper
    • 1
  • Günther Hasinger
    • 1
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestische PhysikGarchingGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-34412-4
  • Copyright Information Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-34411-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-34412-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0941-7834