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Book launch: 'Isolated Neutron Stars'

18 July 2007

'Isolated Neutron Stars: From the Surface to the Interior' is a new book co-edited by Dr Silvia Zane (UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory).

Isolated Neutron Stars

Of great interest to students, academics and researchers, the book collects the contributions presented at the London conference 'Isolated Neutron Stars: From the Surface to the Interior', held in April 2006.

The conference brought together some of the world's leading researchers in the field of neutron star research and was one of the main international meetings in this discipline.

Forty years after the discovery of radio pulsars, the book presents an up-to-date description of the new vision of isolated neutron stars that has emerged in recent years with the advance of multi-wavelength observations.

The great variety of isolated neutron stars, from pulsars to magnetars, some of them discovered very recently and many of them not detectable in radio wavelengths, is amply covered by descriptions of recent observational results and presentations of the latest theoretical interpretation of these data.

Dr Zane said: "The book reflects what was a very exciting meeting. It covers a number of issues on the properties of isolated neutron stars, soft gamma repeaters and anomalous X-ray pulsars. There is an impressive amount of data obtained in the optical and X-rays over the last couple of years on these sources, which made this the right time for gathering together observers and theoreticians working in the field."

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Image: 'Isolated Neutron Stars: From the Surface to the Interior'