Observations and physics of accreting neutron stars

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The aim of this project is to analyze all available RXTE/XMM-Newton/INTEGRAL data on the 8 known accretion-powered millisecond pulsars as well as about 20 nuclear-powered millisecond pulsars. We will further develop the accretion shock model for low magnetic field neutron stars in order to predict their radiation pattern. By modeling pulsar's phase-resolved spectra with the physical model, we will determine the physical parameters of the neutron stars such as their mass-to-radius ratio, magnetic field geometry, inclination of the systems. The constraints on the neutron star radius has important implications for understanding the nuclear physics at extremely high, supranuclear densities. We will also study theoretically and observationally spectra of the X-ray bursts with the accretion shocks above the burning region and develop a general model of the spreading layer on a surface of weakly magnetized neutron star.

Team participants:

Young scientists:

First meeting: December 3-7, 2007

Second meeting: March 3-7, 2008

Third meeting: February 9-13, 2009