The Chandra X-ray Observatory
- Exploring the high energy universe
- Dr. Belinda J Wilkes, Dr. Wallace Tucker
- December 2019
NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory has ushered in a revolution in X-ray astronomy. Over the last two decades Chandra has captured stunning celestial X-ray images, measured spectra and monitored light curves to reveal and map the hottest, most energetic regions of the universe. Written by leading experts in each sub-field to celebrate its 20th anniversary, this book includes current reviews of the major discoveries and scientific results made by Chandra. Documenting the progress, discoveries and developments implemented by the mission, this book provides its readers with a comprehensive review of the mission thus far and its potential future implications. Including beautiful images of celestial sources generated from Chandra, and multi-wavelength data, as well as 3D figures and movies, interactive illustrations are also used throughout to enhance the text.
Belinda Wilkes is a senior astrophysicist at the Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. She has served as a director of the Chandra X-ray Center, which operates the Chandra X-ray Observatory on contract with NASA, since 2014. She is the author or co-author of more than 460 publications, including refereed science papers, book chapters, papers in conference proceedings, abstracts, white papers, and of science articles in the public media.
Wallace Tucker served as the science spokesperson for the Chandra X-ray Center at the Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics for 20 years. He is the author or co-author of six books on astronomy for the general reader, including The X-ray Universe with Riccardo Giacconi; two textbooks Radiative Processes in Astrophysics and Heath Physical Science; as well as the author or co-author of numerous scientific articles and popular articles on astrophysics.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 – Introduction
Chapter 2 – Chandra X-ray Observatory Overview
Chapter 3 – Mechanisms for the Production and Absorption of Cosmic X-rays
Chapter 4 – X-rays from Stars and Planetary Systems
Chapter 5 – Supernovae and Their Remnants
Chapter 6 – X-ray Binaries
Chapter 7 – X-rays from Galaxies
Chapter 8 – Supermassive Black Holes (Active Galactic Nuclei)
Chapter 9 – Groups and Clusters of Galaxies
Chapter 10 – Galaxy Cluster Cosmology
Chapter 11 – Future X-ray Missions
Hardback ISBN: 9780750321617
Ebook ISBN: 9780750321631
Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing
Series: AAS-IOP Astronomy