The Galactic X-Ray Sources

  title={The Galactic X-Ray Sources},
  author={Herbert Gursky and Ethan Joshua Schreier},
When X-ray sources in the galaxy were discovered in 1962 (Giacconi et al., 1962) it was only possible to speculate on their nature, which centered on supernova and cosmic- ray phenomena since these were the only very energetic events known. In particular, the discovery of an X-ray source associated with the Crab Nebula led to the idea that the emission might be the thermal radiation from the surface of a hot, neutron star, However, it was soon demonstrated (Bowyer et al., 1964) that a neutron… CONTINUE READING