X-Ray Binaries

  • Thierry J.-L. Courvoisier
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The very different nature of the emission mechanisms at the origins of X-ray and visible emission makes it inevitable that the sky looks very different in these two wavebands. This is illustrated by Fig. 16.1 which shows the bulge of our Galaxy observed in the hard X-rays by INTEGRAL (top), and in the visible domain (bottom). This illustrates how essential multi-wavelength observations are. One simply cannot discover or understand objects that emit the bulk of their luminosity in the X-rays from optical observations alone. The same line of argument holds for all wavebands.


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  • Thierry J.-L. Courvoisier
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  1. 1.ISDC, Data Centre for Astrophysics University of GenevaVersoixSwitzerland

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