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Astronomy - Astronomy, Observations and Techniques | Suzaku Studies of White Dwarf Stars and the Galactic X-ray Background Emission

Suzaku Studies of White Dwarf Stars and the Galactic X-ray Background Emission

Series: Springer Theses

Yuasa, Takayuki

2013, XV, 154 p. 81 illus., 32 illus. in color.

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  • Provides an X-ray spectral model that estimates white dwarf masses by fitting observed data from the Suzaku observatory
  • Reveals that the observed broadband spectra of the Galactic ridge X-ray emission can be explained by a sum of spectra of known types of X-ray stars
  • Nominated as an outstanding Ph.D thesis by the University of Tokyo's Physics Department in 2011

This thesis presents a study of the origin of an apparently extended X-ray emission associated with the Galactic ridge. The study was carried out with broadband spectra obtained from mapping observations in the Galactic bulge region conducted in 2005–2010 by the Suzaku space X-ray observatory. The spectra were analyzed with a newly constructed X-ray spectral model of an accreting white dwarf binary that is one of the proposed candidate stars for the origin of the Galactic ridge emission in the higher energy band. Fitting of the observed Galactic ridge spectra with the model showed that there is another spectral component that fills the gap between the observed X-ray flux and the component expected from the accreting white dwarf spectral model in the lower energy band. This additional soft spectral component was nicely explained by an X-ray spectral model of normal stars. The result, together with previously reported high-resolution imaging results, strongly supports the idea that the Galactic ridge X-ray emission is an assembly of dim, discrete X-ray point sources.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Accretion Column - Fe Line from Shock-heated Plasma - Galactic Ridge X-ray Emission (GRXE) - Intermediate Polar - Magnetic White Dwarf Binary - Post Shock Region - Prize Winning Thesis - White Dwarf Star

Related subjects » Applied & Technical Physics - Astronomy, Observations and Techniques

Table of contents 

Review of the Galactic X-ray Background Emission and White Dwarf Binaries.- Constructing an X-ray Model of Accreting White Dwarf Binaries.- Instrumentation.- Estimating the Masses of White Dwarfs in Magnetic Cataclysmic Variables.- Decomposing the Galactic Ridge X-ray Emission.

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