Compact Objects in Astrophysics: White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars by Max Camenzind

By Max Camenzind

Compact items are an immense category of astronomical items in present examine. Supermassive....

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The notion of a manifold captures the idea of a curved space, which is however locally just flat. In fact, the entire manifold is glued together by local patches. e. around every point, there is a neighborhood which is topologically the same as the open unit ball in Rn ). To illustrate this idea, consider the ancient belief that the Earth was flat as contrasted with the modern evidence that it is round. This discrepancy arises essentially from the fact that on the small scales that we see, the Earth does indeed look flat (although the Greeks did notice that the last part of a ship to disappear over the horizon was the mast).

4 solar masses. Stellar black holes are expected to be formed with masses in the range of a few to 100 solar masses. Supermassive black holes in centers of galaxies grow by accretion from black holes formed at high redshifts 18 1 Compact Objects in Astrophysics Black holes with masses of a million to a few billion times the mass of the Sun are now believed to be the engines that power nuclear activity in galaxies (Fig. 10). Active nuclei range from faint, compact radio sources like that in M31 to quasars like 3C 273 that are brighter than the whole galaxy in which they live.

On the other hand, when the accretion rate is very low, the inner disk is probably in a very hot state cooling by Comptonization of soft photons from the outer disk; this would correspond to the low state (hard) spectrum. The existence of these luminosity states is not only generic for black hole systems. Also neutron stars in low-mass X-ray binary systems (LMBXBs) are found to dispose such luminosity states. The difference is the missing hard tail in the soft state in the case of neutron stars, while the soft spectrum of Cyg X-1 has a pronounced hard excess extending to at least a few hundred keV and probably into the MeV region.

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