Spectral Formation in X-ray Pulsars and Associated Identities Involving the Laguerre Polynomials

Abstract

The partial differential equation governing the formation of the radiation spectrum in the shocked plasma accreting onto an x-ray pulsar is solved to obtain the associated Green’s function describing the scattering of monochromatic radiation injected into the plasma at a fixed altitude above the star. Collisions between the photons and the infalling… (More)

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