The magnificent seven: magnetic fields and surface temperature distributions

  title={The magnificent seven: magnetic fields and surface temperature distributions},
  author={Frank Haberl},
  journal={Astrophysics and Space Science},
  • F. Haberl
  • Published 4 September 2006
  • Physics
  • Astrophysics and Space Science
Abstract Presently seven nearby radio-quiet isolated neutron stars discovered in ROSAT data and characterized by thermal X-ray spectra are known. They exhibit very similar properties and despite intensive searches their number remained constant since 2001 which led to their name “The Magnificent Seven”. Five of the stars exhibit pulsations in their X-ray flux with periods in the range of 3.4 s to 11.4 s. XMM-Newton observations revealed broad absorption lines in the X-ray spectra which are… 
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