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Classical Mechanics - Lecture 35

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Lecture 35 - High-energy Astrophysics

Professor Lewin talks about some of the highlights from his early days at MIT. It began with balloon flights at very high altitude to make observations of the stars in X-rays. This led to discoveries of X-ray flaring events and a periodic X-ray source (GX 1+4). In the seventies and eighties he made important contributions to our understanding of X-ray bursts (thermo-nuclear fusion episodes on neutron stars).

Prof. Walter Lewin
8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics, Fall 1999
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare)
http://ocw.mit.edu
Date accessed: 2008-12-12
License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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