Synopses & Reviews
Here the reader will find a description of the current state of experimentaland theoretical investigations of neutron stars in all their manifestations:radio pulsars, X-ray pul- sars, X-ray bursters, transient X-ray sources, andso on. The approach adopted stresses the idea that the astrophysi- cal properties of a neutron star are determinated mainly by its interaction withits surroundings, that is, the inter- action of the intense intrinsic magnetic field of the neutron star with an accreting plasma. Thus the book also treats topics in plasma physics and magnetohydrodynamics. Students and professionals in astrophysics and physics alike will find this revised and enlarged version of the original Russian edition essential reading for its coverage of neutron star classification and evolution.
The existence of neutron stars was not only a brilliant theoretical prediction, but also one of the most unexpected and astonishing discoveries of all heavenly bodies. Twenty-five years after the remarkable event of their discovery, neutron stars, which are the densest, the most strongly magnetized, and the most rapid- ly rotating bodies in the Galaxy, remain objects of intense interest. This book is a revised and enlarged version of the original Russian edition. The last five years were marked by the discovery of a supernova in the closest galaxy and dozens of X-ray sources and millisecond pulsars, which apparently confirm the validity of the basic ideas underlying these discoveries. The author has concentrated on the astrophysical manifestations of neutron stars, which are believed mainly to be associated with the nature of their interaction with their surroundings. Naturally, this approach does not leave much room for a detailed description of the internal structure of these stars. Fortunately, there exists an excellent monograph by S. L. Shapiro and S. A. Teukolsky (Black Holes, White Dwarfs, and Neutron Stars, Wiley, New York 1985) which deals mainly with the purely physical problems. Moreover, the publication of such a book in the West partly makes amends for the lack of information about the work being done by Soviet scientists in this field.
In this book will be found a description of the current state of experimental and theoretical investigations of neutron stars in all their manifestations. The approach adopted leads to topics in plasma physics and magnetohydrodynamics also being discussed. Students and professionals in astrophysics and physics alike will find this revised and enlarged version of the original Russian edition essential reading for its coverage of neutron star classification and evolution.