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The Hot Universe

Proceedings of the 188th Symposium of the International Astronomical Union Held in Kyoto, Japan, August 26–30, 1997

  • Katsuji Koyama
  • Shunji Kitamoto
  • Masayuki Itoh
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. IAU Symposium No. 188 The Hot Universe The Hot Universe: An Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Y. Tanaka
      Pages 3-6
    3. Plasma and Fresh Nucleosynthesis Phenomena

      1. Kazunari Shibata
        Pages 9-12
      2. R. Pallavicini
        Pages 13-16
      3. Thierry Montmerle
        Pages 17-20
      4. Y. Uchida, S. Hirose, S. Cable, S. Uemura, K. Fujisaki, M. Torii et al.
        Pages 21-24
      5. K. Nomoto, T. Suzuki
        Pages 27-30
      6. N. Prantzos
        Pages 31-34
      7. H. Tsunemi
        Pages 39-42
      8. J. S. Kaastra
        Pages 43-46
      9. S. Yamauchi
        Pages 47-50
      10. M. Loewenstein, R. F. Mushotzky
        Pages 53-56
      11. Trevor J. Ponman, Alexis Finoguenov
        Pages 61-64
    4. Future Space Programs

      1. A. N. Parmar, M. Bavdaz, F. Favata, T. Oosterbroek, A. Orr, A. Owens et al.
        Pages 71-74
      2. Y. Ogawara
        Pages 75-78
      3. Martin Elvis
        Pages 79-82

About these proceedings


The present decade is opening new frontiers in high-energy astrophysics. After the X-ray satellites in the 1980's, including Einstein, Tenma, EXOSAT and Ginga, several satellites are, or will soon be, simultaneously in orbit offering spectacular advances in X-ray imaging at low energies (ROSATj Yohkoh) as well as at high energies (GRANAT), in spectroscopy with increased bandwidth (ASCAj SAX), and in timing (XTE). While these satellites allow us to study atomic radiation from hot plasmas or energetic electrons, other satellites study nuclear radiation at gamma-ray energies (CGRO) associated with radioactivity or spallation reactions. These experiments show that the whole universe is emitting radiation at high energies, hence we call it the "hot universe. " The hot universe, preferentially emitting X- and gamma-rays, provides us with many surprises and much information. A symposium "The Hot Universe" was held in conjunction with the XXIIIrd General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union, at Kyoto on August 26-30 in 1997. The proceedings are organized as follows. Synthetic view of "the hot universe" is discussed in Section 1, "Plasma and Fresh Nucleosynthesis Phenomena". Timely discussions on the strategy for future missions "Future Space Program" are found in Section 2. Then the contents are divided into two major subjects: the compact objects and thin hot diffuse plasmas. Section 3 is devoted to the category of compact objects which includes white dwarfs, neutron stars, and gravitationally collapsed objects: stellar mass black holes or active galactic nuclei.


Supernova astrophysics black hole galaxies gravity neutron star spectroscopy sun universe

Editors and affiliations

  • Katsuji Koyama
    • 1
  • Shunji Kitamoto
    • 2
  • Masayuki Itoh
    • 3
  1. 1.Kyoto UniversityJapan
  2. 2.Osaka UniversityJapan
  3. 3.Kobe UniversityJapan

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Hot Universe
  • Book Subtitle Proceedings of the 188th Symposium of the International Astronomical Union Held in Kyoto, Japan, August 26–30, 1997
  • Editors Katsuji Koyama
    Shunji Kitamoto
    Masayuki Itoh
  • Series Title International Astronomical Union / Union Astronomique Internationale
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information International Astronomical Union 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-5058-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-7923-5059-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-011-4970-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 474
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Astronomy, Observations and Techniques
    Astrophysics and Astroparticles
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