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Exploring the X-ray Universe

2nd Edition

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  • Capturing the excitement and accomplishments of X-ray astronomy, this second edition now includes a broader range of astronomical phenomena and dramatic new results from the most powerful X-ray telescopes. Covering all areas of astronomical research, ranging from the smallest to the largest objects, from neutron stars to clusters of galaxies, this textbook is ideal for undergraduate students. Each chapter starts with the basic aspects of the topic, explores the history of discoveries, and examines in detail modern observations and their significance. This new edition has been updated with results from the most recent space-based instruments, including ROSAT, BeppoSAX, ASCA, Chandra, and XMM. New chapters cover X-ray emission processes, the interstellar medium, the Solar System, and gamma-ray bursts. The text is supported by over 300 figures, with tables listing the properties of the sources, and more specialized technical points separated in boxes.

    • Covers a broader range of astronomical phenomena, including X-ray emission processes, the interstellar medium, the Solar System, and gamma-ray bursts than the first edition
    • Updated with dramatic new results from the most powerful X-ray telescopes, such as ROSAT, BeppoSAX, ASCA, Chandra, and XMM
    • Each chapter presents the basic aspects, explores the history of discoveries, and examines modern observations and their significance in detail
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: August 2010
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511771507
    • contains: 368 b/w illus. 43 colour illus.
    • availability: Adobe Reader ebooks available from
  • Table of Contents

    1. Birth and childhood of X-ray astronomy
    2. X-ray emission and interaction with matter
    3. Tools and techniques
    4. Solar System X-rays
    5. X-ray absorption and scattering in the interstellar medium
    6. Active stellar coronae
    7. Early-type stars
    8. Supernova explosions and their remnants
    9. Neutron stars, pulsars, pulsar wind nebulae, more supernova remnants
    10. Cataclysmic variable stars
    11. X-ray binaries
    12. Black-hole X-ray binaries
    13. Normal and starburst galaxies
    14. Active galactic nuclei
    15. Clusters of galaxies
    16. The diffuse X-ray background
    17. Gamma-ray bursts

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • X-ray Universe
  • Authors

    Frederick D. Seward, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
    Frederick D. Seward has been leader of the High Altitude Physics Group at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, Director of the Einstein Guest Observer Program at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Head of Chandra User Support and an Assistant Director of the Chandra Observatory before retiring in 2004.

    Philip A. Charles, South African Astronomical Observatory, Sutherland
    Philip A. Charles is Director of the South African Astronomical Observatory, which operates SALT, the largest telescope in the southern hemisphere. He has recently been head of the astronomy group at the University of Southampton's School of Physics and Astronomy.

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