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X-ray and γ-ray Astrophysics of Galactic Sources 1in1 A Hard X–ray View of Accreting X–ray Binary Pulsars



ABSTRACT. The study of the hard (E ∼> 10 keV) energy spectra of X–ray binary pulsars can give a wealth of information on the physical processes that occur close to the neutron star surface. Extreme matter regimes are probed, and precious information on how matter and radiation behave and interact in critical conditions can be obtained. We will give an overview on the most recent results obtained by RXTE and BeppoSAX on this class of objects, in order to pass the baton onto just launched experiments, like INTEGRAL, or soon to be launched, like AGILE and ASTRO-E2. 1

Year: 2004
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