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By Emmi Meyer-Hofmeister, Henk Spruit

ISBN-10: 3540628665

ISBN-13: 9783540628668

The main luminous compact items are powered by way of accretion of mass. Accretion disks are the single universal and basic portion of those assets on commonly assorted scales, starting from shut stellar binaries, galactic black holes and X-ray pulsars to energetic galactic nuclei (AGN). Key new advancements in conception and observations, reviewed via specialists within the box, are provided during this publication. The contributions to the workshop disguise the puzzles provided by way of the X-UV spectra of AGN and their variability, the hot numerical simulations of magnetic fields in disks, the amazing habit of the superluminal resource 1915+105 and the "bursting pulsar" 1744-28, to say a number of the themes.

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