AAS 207th Meeting, 8-12 January 2006
Session 51 Highlights and Discoveries from INTEGRAL
Special Session, Monday, 2:30-4:00pm, January 9, 2006, Delaware A

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[51.06] X-Ray Binary Studies with INTEGRAL

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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