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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.Read more
- 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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- Edition: 2nd Edition
- Date Published: October 2010
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521884839
- length: 372 pages
- dimensions: 253 x 192 x 23 mm
- weight: 1.03kg
- contains: 368 b/w illus. 43 colour illus.
- availability: In stock
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
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- X-ray Universe
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