X-ray Binaries - Celebrating 50 years since the Discovery of Sco X-1

X-ray Binaries - Celebrating 50 years since the Discovery of Sco X-1 X-ray Binaries - Celebrating 50 years since the Discovery of Sco X-1
  • Contact

    Paul J Green
    Chandra X-ray Center/Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
    phone: 617-495-7057
    fax: 617-496-7356

  • Working language

    English

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In 1962, Scorpius X-1 became the first X-ray source discovered outside the Solar System. In the 50 years since, X-ray binaries have proven to be important for studies of fundamental physical processes such as mass accretion and jet formation. Contemporary X-ray satellites provide detailed spectroscopic studies of individual Galactic black hole and neutron star binaries, as well as population studies of low-mass X-ray binaries in globular clusters, high-mass X-ray binaries and ultra-luminous X-ray sources in starburst galaxies. This meeting will celebrate the startling discovery of Scorpius X-1, highlight the latest results in our understanding of the formation of black holes, neutron stars and X-ray binaries, as well as the use of X-ray binaries for testing the laws of physics in the extreme environment close to black holes and neutron stars.

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