The Evolution of Galactic X-Ray Binaries

  • J. Truemper
  • W. H. G. Lewin
  • W. Brinkmann

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASIC, volume 167)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Peter Bodenheimer, Ronald E. Taam
    Pages 13-24
  3. P. Hellings, C. de Loore
    Pages 51-62
  4. Robin H. D. Corbet
    Pages 63-74
  5. Richard L. Kelley
    Pages 75-86
  6. Peter P. Eggleton
    Pages 87-105
  7. M. van der Klis, F. Jansen
    Pages 129-137
  8. Jan van Paradijs, Walter H. G. Lewin
    Pages 187-193
  9. Ronald E. Taam
    Pages 207-220
  10. H.-C. Thomas, H. U. Schmidt, R. Schoembs
    Pages 221-225
  11. J. Truemper, P. Kahabka, H. Oegelman, W. Pietsch, W. Voges
    Pages 239-251
  12. A. Langmeier, M. Sztajno, W. D. Vacca, J. Truemper, W. Pietsch
    Pages 253-259
  13. W. Sutantyo, Th. J. van der Linden, E. P. J. van den Heuvel
    Pages 261-262
  14. Wolfgang Kundt
    Pages 263-269

About this book


The idea to hold a conference on the Evolution of Close-Binary X-ray sources grew in the summer of 1984. At that time we were hoping that some new results would be harvested in the months to come which would stimulate further work. We were particularly looking towards the Euro­ pean X-ray Observatory, EXOSAT, for new contributions. How lucky we were; quite unexpected developments took place. Just prior to the conference, quasi-periodic oscillations (now known as QPO) were discovered in three bright low-mass X-ray binaries: GX 5-1, Sco X-1, and Cyg X-2. They played an important role at the meeting. The possibility that QPOs imply a neutron star magnetic dipole field, and a neutron star rotation period in the millisecond range, received a lot of attention. This is not surprising, as it lends support to the idea, suggested earlier, that the 6-msec binary radio pulsar PSR 1953+29 evolved from a stage in which it was a bright low-mass X-ray binary. There was special interest in the possibility of white dwarf collapse into a neutron star. This is a. particularly attractive way to form the bright low-mass X-ray binaries, often referred to as galactic bulge sources. It would allow for the possibility of a very young neutron star in a very old binary system. The relatively high magnetic fields that one could infer from QPO could then be explained.


Accretion Bulge Common Envelope neutron star observatory star

Editors and affiliations

  • J. Truemper
    • 1
  • W. H. G. Lewin
    • 2
  • W. Brinkmann
    • 3
  1. 1.MPEGarchingGermany
  2. 2.MITCambridgeUSA
  3. 3.Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestrische PhysikGarchingGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8541-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-4594-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1389-2185
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