X-Ray Astronomy with the Einstein Satellite

Proceedings of the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical Society Meeting on X-Ray Astronomy held at the Harvard/Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A., January 28–30, 1980

  • Riccardo Giacconi
Conference proceedings

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 87)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Non-Degenerate Stellar X-ray Sources and Stellar Coronae

  3. Supernova Remnants

    1. David J. Helfand
      Pages 39-49
    2. Barham W. Smith
      Pages 51-60
  4. Bursters, Globular Clusters and galactic X-ray Sources

    1. Jonathan E. Grindlay
      Pages 79-109
    2. Paul C. Joss
      Pages 111-122
    3. Saul Rappaport, Paul C. Joss
      Pages 123-152
  5. Normal Galaxies

    1. L. Van Speybroeck, J. Bechtold
      Pages 153-172
  6. Active Galaxies and QSO’s (I)

  7. Clusters of Galaxies

    1. W. Forman, J. Bechtold, W. Blair, C. Jones
      Pages 187-213
    2. Claude R. Canizares
      Pages 215-226
  8. Active Galaxies and QSO’ (II)

  9. Surverys and Cosmology

  10. Back Matter
    Pages 325-330

About these proceedings


The meeting of the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical Society, held in Cambridge, Massachusetts on January 28- 30, 1980, marks the coming of age of X-ray astronomy. In the 18 years since the discovery of the first extrasolar X-ray source, Sco X-l, the field has experienced an extremely rapid instrumentation development culminating with the launch on November 13, 1978 of the Einstein Observatory (HEAO-2) which first introduced the use of high resolution imaging telescopes to the study of galactic and extragalactic X-ray sources. The Einstein Observatory instruments can detect sources as faint as 10-7 Sco X-lor about 17 magnitudes fainter. The technological developments in the field have been paralleled by a host of new discoveries: in the early 1960's the detection of 9 "X-ray stars", objects 10 times more luminous in X-rays than the Sun and among the brightest stellar objects at all wavelengths; in the late 1960's and early 1970's the discovery of the nature of such systems which were identified as collapsed stars (neutron stars and black holes) in mass exchange binary systems, and the detection of the first few extragalactic sources.


Corona astronomy astrophysics cosmology galaxy quasar

Editors and affiliations

  • Riccardo Giacconi
    • 1
  1. 1.Harvard/Smithsonian Center for AstrophysicsCambridgeUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-8461-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-8459-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0067-0057
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