Binary X-Ray Pulsars

  • Saul Rappaport
  • Paul C. Joss
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 87)

Abstract

As X-ray astronomy enters the Einstein era when faint, distant, and exotic X-ray sources are being investigated, we thought it might be useful to review some of the progress made over the past decade on a class of relatively nearby objects that have contributed richly to our understanding of astrophysics — the binary X-ray pulsars. We shall touch briefly on three general topics related to X-ray pulsar research: (1) pulse profiles, (2) studies of pulse periods, and (3) orbital determinations and the evaluation of binary system parameters. We shall also discuss three special topics of current interest: (1) the apsidal motion test in X-ray binaries; (2) 4U1626-67 and the nature of highly compact X-ray binary systems; and (3) searches for new X-ray pulsars in the Einstein era. Most of the data that we shall invoke were obtained with the Uhuru, Copernicus, Ariel 5, SAS-3, 0S0-8, and HEAO-1 satellites.

Keywords

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  • Saul Rappaport
    • 1
  • Paul C. Joss
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physics and Center for Space ResearchMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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