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The Galactic X-Ray Sources

  • Herbert Gursky
  • Ethan Schreier
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 48)

Abstract

When X-ray sources in the galaxy were discovered in 1962 (Giacconi et al., 1962) it was only possible to speculate on their nature, which centered on supernova and cosmic- ray phenomena since these were the only very energetic events known. In particular, the discovery of an X-ray source associated with the Crab Nebula led to the idea that the emission might be the thermal radiation from the surface of a hot, neutron star, However, it was soon demonstrated (Bowyer et al., 1964) that a neutron star could not be responsible for the bulk of the X-radiation from the Crab, and it was not possible to exclude highly pathological conditions in otherwise ordinary stellar systems as being responsible for the X-ray sources (c.f., Hayakawa and Matsuoka, 1964).

Keywords

Black Hole Neutron Star Light Curve Radio Source Accretion Disk 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Herbert Gursky
    • 1
  • Ethan Schreier
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for AstrophysicsHarvard College Observatory, Smithsonian Astrophysical ObservatoryCambridgeUSA

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