Research report 2006 - Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics

The Supernovae that made the Crab Nebulae

Kitaura, Francesco; Janka, Hans-Thomas; Buras, Robert;

Stellare Astrophysik (Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hillebrandt)
MPI für Astrophysik, Garching

A team of X-ray astronomers at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics resolved the thirty-years-old puzzle of the origin of the Galactic X-ray background emission. Combining data from various space-based X-ray instruments (RXTE/PCA, INTEGRAL/IBIS, CHANDRA/ACIS, ROSAT/PSPC) and infrared instruments (COBE/DIRBE) they showed that the Galactic X-ray background predominantly consists of emission of a large number of point sources, mostly cataclysmic variables and coronally active stars.

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