O ct 2 00 7 Modeling Phase-resolved Observations of the Surfaces of Magnetic Neutron Stars

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Recent observations by XMM-Newton detected rotational pulsations in the total brightness and spectrum of several neutron stars. To properly interpret the data, accurate modeling of neutron star emission is necessary. Detailed analysis of the shape and strength of the rotational variations allows a measurement of the surface composition and magnetic field… (More)

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