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Hard X-ray observations of Sco X-1 and GX 1+4

Dieters, Stefan W. B.(Stefan William Boyd) 1990 , 'Hard X-ray observations of Sco X-1 and GX 1+4', PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Extra-solar X-ray astronomy started in 1962 with the detection of Sco X-1 and the
galactic center during a rocket flight designed to find lunar X-rays. Since then,
mainly as a result of a series of dedicated satellite missions the number of known
(until 1984) X-ray sources had increased to about 1000. This number is
comparable to the number stars brighter than 4th magnitude. The X-ray sky at this
sensitivity appears as crowded as a moonlit night. The most comprehensive
catalogue is that from the HEAO-1 satellite (1977/1978). This catalogue (Wood et
al. 1984) lists 842 sources at energies below 20 keV. Unlike optical wavelengths
about half the brightest soft to medium energy X-ray sources are associated with
extra-galactic objects which are either galaxy groups or active galactic nuclei (AGN
eg. Quasars, Seyfert, BL Lac). Fainter AGN may make up the bulk of the diffuse
X-ray background. The galactic objects are mainly binary stars containing either a
white dwarf or neutron star. The rest are stars with enhanced solar-like activity.
The number of known X-ray sources is set to increase to about 100,000 ( much the
same as number of stars visible with binoculars) with the completion of the present
ROSAT survey. In a twist of history, one of the early ROSAT images actuality
showed the moon.

Item Type: Thesis - PhD
Authors/Creators:Dieters, Stefan W. B.(Stefan William Boyd)
Keywords: X-ray astronomy
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