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J.A. Tomsick (UC San Diego)
Being the brightest group of celestial hard X-ray sources, X-ray binaries are prime targets for the INTEGRAL mission. Observations by INTEGRAL have led to important discoveries in the field of X-ray binaries, including constraints on broadband spectra from black holes, cyclotron lines and unusual flaring activity from neutron stars, and the discovery of a new millisecond X-ray pulsar. Hard X-ray imaging and long time baseline observations have provided unique information about X-ray binaries. In addition, INTEGRAL's dedicated observations of the Galactic Plane has led to the discovery of a large number (about 75 to date) of new and unusual sources, and we are finding that many of them are highly absorbed or intrinsically hard X-ray binaries. In this talk, I will describe some of the highlights from INTEGRAL observations of X-ray binaries and discuss the status of investigations into the new sources discovered by INTEGRAL.
I acknowledge partial support from NASA grants NAG5-12703 and NNG05GC49G.
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Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 37 #4
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