Artist's impression of a cataclysmic
variable © 1996 by Mark A. Garlick
OUR MAJOR TOPICS
OF INTEREST ARE:
MICRO-QUASARS & BLACK HOLES
X-RAY POPULATIONS OF EXTERNAL GALAXIES
ULTRA COMPACT BINARIES
We hope the following pages may be of some use for those folk interested in
The MSSL Polar Page
This page is under construction, but here
we give you all currently known polars with their positions, magnetic
field strength etc. Additions or corrections are very welcome.
Koji Mukai at Goddard has an
Intermediate Polar Page that is also worth a look. We also have a
table which shows the classification
scheme of accreting binary stars - imagine a dark blue dwarf accreting
material from a giant star - what is that kind of system called? Check
See the Beginner's Guide
to CVs for an introduction to cataclysmic variables. We also have
a `Blue Peter' guide to stars.
Copies of all our papers can be found in our pre-print
Current Areas of Research:
Cataclysmic Variables - an overview of past and current research on CVs
X-ray observations of from magnetic CVs: How we model the X-ray spectra from the accretion region in magnetic CVs
Ultra-Compact Binary systems - CVs which are so compact they could fit inside Jupiter!
Indirect imaging of the accretion stream in magnetic CVs - how we can map accretion stream and accretion sites.
High Mass X-ray Binaries:
XMM-Newton observations of Her X-1
Isolated Neutron Stars:
Thermal emission from isolated Neutron
Presentation given by Silvia Zane at
COSPAR on isolated Neutron Stars
RX J1856-3754 - a bare quark star or a naked neutron star?
Thermal emission from isolated neutron stars
Magnetars: neutron stars with field strengths above the quantum limit
X-ray populations of external galaxies
Populations of X-ray sources in star forming galaxies
Ultra Luminous X-ray sources in external galaxies
An X-ray study of a nearby nuclear starburst and a nearby AGN
We also have copies of a couple of theses:
MSSL home pages:
Astrophysics Group home page
Science Laboratory home page
Thanks go to
Mark A. Garlick for the permisson to use some of his excellent pictures of CVs. All are
© Mark Garlick.
Maintained by Gavin Ramsay
Last modified Aug 2004