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Accretion disks in low-mass X-ray binaries

  • Keith O. Mason
Accretion Disks
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 266)

Abstract

A considerable body of observational data has been accumulated in a relatively short time on the properties of Low Mass X-ray Binaries. The periodic X-ray variability of these systems can be understood within the framework of a simple empirical model of obscuration by vertical structure in an accretion disk. A satisfactory understanding of how such structure comes about is still lacking, but it is hoped that progress in this area, spurred by the need to understand the considerable phenomenology that is now revealed, will promote an improved knowledge of the physics of accretion disks in general. X-ray spectral data on the dipping sources conveys information about the abundance of elements in the mass-donating star in the binary system, whereas observations of eclipsing systems yield estimates of the masses of the stars in the binary. These types of measurements provide important clues to the evolutionary history of the LMXRB.

Keywords

Light Curve Accretion Disk Compact Star Orbital Inclination Companion Star 
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  • Keith O. Mason
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  1. 1.Mullard Space Science LaboratoryUniversity College LondonHolmbury St.MaryUK

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