© 1980

X-Ray Astronomy

Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Study Institute held at Erice, Sicily, July 1–14, 1979

  • Riccardo Giacconi
  • Giancarlo Setti
Conference proceedings

Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (ASIC, volume 60)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Riccardo Giacconi
    Pages 1-13
  3. S. S. Holt
    Pages 35-45
  4. P. F. Winkler, C. R. Canizares, G. W. Clark, T. H. Markert, C. Berg, J. G. Jernigan et al.
    Pages 61-71
  5. Sachiko Tsuruta
    Pages 73-87
  6. S. S. Holt
    Pages 89-102
  7. E. P. J. van den Heuvel
    Pages 115-127
  8. R. Rosner, G. S. Vaiana
    Pages 129-151
  9. Richard Mushotzky
    Pages 171-179
  10. Guido Chincarini
    Pages 197-216
  11. K. A. Pounds
    Pages 273-290

About these proceedings


This volume contains a series of lectures presented at the 5th Course of the International School of Astrophysics held in Erice (Sicily) from July 1st to July 14, 1979 at the "E. Majorana" Centre for Scientific Culture. The course was fully supported by a grant from the NATO Advanced Institute Programme. It was attended by about one hundred participants from ten countries. Since the discovery of the first extra-solar X-ray source in the early 1960's, X-ray astronomy has played an increasingly im­portant role in the study of the Universe, bringing new insight to almost every field of modern astrophysics from stellar evolution to cosmology. Generally speaking, this branch of astronomy is concerned with the discovery, classification and study of "hot matter" in the universe, including high energy non-thermal pheno mena. In particular, X-ray observations appear to provide the main, if not the only, probe to inspect regions where collapsed objects are formed, such as the environment of neutron stars and of black holes in the presence of matter accretion onto the ob­jects themselves. It is significant that the first candidate black hole (Cyg X-I) has been primarily singled out by its X-ray emission. In the same context, it is well known that one of the fundamental problems in modern astrophysics is the understanding of the strong activity taking place in galactic nuclei.



Editors and affiliations

  • Riccardo Giacconi
    • 1
  • Giancarlo Setti
    • 2
  1. 1.Harvard-Smithsonian Center for AstrophysicsCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Laboratorio di Radioastronomia CNRUniversity of BolognaBolognaItaly

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title X-Ray Astronomy
  • Book Subtitle Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Study Institute held at Erice, Sicily, July 1–14, 1979
  • Editors G. Giacconi
    G. Setti
  • Series Title NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1980
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-1156-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-009-9090-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-9088-3
  • Series ISSN 1389-2185
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 414
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Astronomy, Observations and Techniques
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