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Title: X-ray observations from the satellites Copernicus and Ariel 5
Author: Peacock, Anthony
ISNI:       0000 0001 3480 2296
Awarding Body: University of Leicester
Current Institution: University of Leicester
Date of Award: 1975
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This thesis describes the pre-flight preparation and analysis of results from two satellites containing experiments for cosmic X-ray Astronomy. The Copernicus satellite could be pointed to within thirty arc seconds with high spacial resolution, and was consequently used to map three extended extragalactic X-ray sources in clusters of galaxies. The previous observations of all three clusters are reviewed, together with the possible X-ray emission mechanisms capable of producing such extended sources. The Copernicus observations showed that all three extended X-ray regions in the Coma, Perseus and Virgo clusters were non uniform, and indeed very complex, being probably each centred on an active galaxy. Pre-flight preparation for two experiments on Ariel 5; a Spectrometer/Polarimeter, and a Sky Survey scanning experiment, are described in detail. Preliminary results on Cygnus X-3 from both experiments are presented in Appendix III, which indicate the source was in a high intensity low temperature state at the time of observation by Ariel-5.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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