X-ray astronomy has undergone a revolution in recent years. With the launch of two orbiting observatories, Chandra and XMM-Newton, astronomers are now able to obtain spectra and images at a higher resolution than ever before. Observations have had a major impact on topics ranging from protostars to cosmology. The contributions in this 2004 work, by leading authorities in the field, originate from a Royal Society Discussion Meeting that was held to review results from the current generation of X-ray telescopes, and set them in context. This book is a valuable reference for research astronomers and graduate students wishing to understand the latest developments in this exciting field.
Andrew Fabian is a Royal Society Research Professor at the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge. Kenneth Pounds is Professor of Space Physics at the University of Leicester. Roger Blandford is currently Richard Chace Tolman Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics at Caltech, California.
Preface; 1. Forty years on from Aerobee 150: a personal perspective K. Pounds; 2. X-ray spectroscopy of astrophysical plasmas S. M. Kahn, E. Behar, A. Kinkhabwala and D. W. Savin; 3. X-rays from stars M. Gudel; 4. X-ray observations of accreting white-dwarf systems M. Cropper, G. Ramsay, C. Hellier, K. Mukai, C. Mauche and D. Pandel; 5. Accretion flows in X-ray binaries C. Done; 6. Recent X-ray observations of supernova remnants C. R. Canizares; 7. Luminous X-ray sources in spiral and star-forming galaxies M. Ward; 8. Cosmological constraints from Chandra observations of galaxy clusters S. W. Allen; 9. Clusters of galaxies: a cosmological probe R. Mushotzky; 10. Obscured active galactic nuclei: the hidden side of the X-ray Universe G. Matt; 11. The Chandra Deep Field-North Survey and the cosmic X-ray background W. N. Brandt, D. M. Alexander, F. E. Bauer and A. E. Hornschemeier; 12. Hunting the first black holes G. Hasinger; 13. X-ray astronomy in the new millennium: a summary R. D. Blandford.