Observing galactic black hole sources in hard X-rays

A. R. Rao*
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India

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Observations of Galactic black hole sources are traditionally done in the classical X-ray range (2 – 10 keV) due to sensitivity constraints. Most of the accretion power, however, is radiated above 10 keV and the study of these sources in hard X-rays has the potential to unravel the radiation mechanisms operating at the inner region of the accretion disk, which is believed to be the seat of a myriad of fascinating features like jet emission, high frequency QPO emission etc. I will briefly summarise the long term hard X-ray observational features like spectral state identification, state transitions and hints of polarised emission, and describe the new insights that would be provided by the forthcoming Astrosat satellite, particularly emphasising the contributions expected from the CZT-Imager payload.

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Keywords :black holes: accretion – observations: technique – X-rays: stars