X-ray Binaries

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Walter H. G. Lewin, Walter H. Lewin, Edward P. J. van den Heuvel, Jan van Paradijs
Cambridge University Press, Jan 16, 1997 - Science - 676 pages
X-ray binaries are some of the most varied and perplexing systems known to astronomers. The compact object which accretes mass from its companion star may be a white dwarf, neutron star, or black hole, whereas the donor star can be a 'normal' star or a white dwarf. The various combinations differ widely in their behaviour, and this timely volume provides a unique reference of our knowledge to date of all of them.Fifteen specially written chapters by a team of the world's foremost researchers in the field explore all aspects of the X-ray binaries. They cover the X-ray, ultraviolet, optical and radio properties of these violent systems and address key issues such as: how were these systems formed, and what will be their fate; how can we understand X-ray bursts, and how the quasi-periodic oscillations; what is the connection between millisecond radio pulsars and low-mass X-ray binaries; and how does the magnetic field of a neutron star decay?This long awaited review provides graduate students and researchers with the standard reference on X-ray binaries for many years to come.
 

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Contents

The properties of Xray binaries
1
12 Orbital periods
3
13 Pulse periods
18
14 Third periods and other modulations
25
15 The emission region
27
16 Environmental radiative processes
38
References
49
Optical and ultraviolet observations of Xray binaries
58
References
329
Cataclysmic variable stars
331
82 What multiwavelength observations reveal
337
83 The variability of CVs and its origins
360
84 The importance of magnetic fields in CVs
373
85 CV evolution
378
areas for future studies
381
References
384

22 Highmass Xray binaries
59
23 Lowmass Xray binaries
73
24 Neutron star and blackhole masses
107
25 The Magellanic Cloud sources
113
26 Triplestar systems
117
References
121
Blackhole binaries
126
32 Introduction
127
33 Description of the individual blackhole candidates
134
34 Xray spectra interpretations
159
35 BHC diagnostics
164
36 How many blackhole binaries are there?
167
References
168
Xray bursts
175
42 Characteristics of burst sources
177
43 Type I Xray bursts
178
44 Massradius relation of neutron stars
199
45 Theory of type I Xray bursts
201
46 The Rapid Burster 1730335
211
47 Models for the Rapid Burster
222
References
228
Millisecond pulsars
233
52 The general characteristics of millisecond pulsars
234
53 Spinup of neutron stars and the origin of millisecond pulsars
236
the standard model
238
55 Statistics
240
beyond the standard model
243
57 Pulsars in globular clusters
245
58 Future prospects
248
References
249
Rapid aperiodic variability in Xray binaries
252
62 Blackhole candidates
259
63 Z and atoll sources
274
64 Other sources
289
65 Overview and outlook
295
References
300
Radio properties of Xray binaries
308
72 Transient radio emission
313
73 Coupled radioopticalUVXray state changes
315
74 Radio jets and extended radio emission
320
75 Other models of compact radio emission from Xray binaries
324
76 Acceleration of relativistic electrons
326
77 Conclusions
328
Normal galaxies and their Xray binary populations
390
92 Xray sources in Local Group galaxies
391
detecting the upper end of the luminosity distribution of Xray sources
398
a very brief summary
404
95 Recent spectral results
405
96 The future
410
References
416
Accretion in close binaries
419
103 Disc structure in LMXBs
423
104 Disc instabilities
427
105 Tides resonances and superhumps
430
106 Spiral shocks
437
107 Coronae and winds in discs
438
109 Accrction from a wind
441
1010 Accretion on to a magnetic star
444
References
453
Formation and evolution of neutron stars and black holes in binaries
457
112 Origin and evolution of highmass Xray binaries
464
113 Origin and evolution of lowmass Xray binaries
476
114 Xray sources in globular clusters
486
115 Statistical considerations
488
References
492
The magnetic fields of neutron stars and their evolution
495
122 Estimation of the magnetic field
496
123 The origin and structure of the magnetic field
499
124 Evolution of the magnetic field
503
125 Possible mechanisms for field decay
513
126 Some consequences of field evolution
518
Appendix Interaction between fluxoids and vortices
520
References
521
Cosmic gammaray bursts
523
133 Time histories
524
134 X and gammaray energy spectra
526
135 Counterparts and lack thereof
528
136 Statistical properties of gammaray bursters
529
137 The great debate redux
532
References
533
A catalogue of Xray binaries
536
A compilation of cataclysmic binaries with known or suspected orbital periods
578
References
579
Object index
639
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