Extreme aspects of neutron star low-mass X-ray binaries

Sudip Bhattacharyya*
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India

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Here, we discuss three features, viz., thermonuclear X-ray bursts, broad relativistic iron lines and kilohertz quasi periodic oscillations, of accreting neutron stars. These features can be useful for probing extreme environments, and to test fundamental laws of nature.

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Keywords : dense matter – equation of state – relativity – stars: neutron – X-rays: binaries