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Advances in Astronomy - Volume 2016 2016, Article ID 3424565, 15 pages -

Review ArticleInstitute of Astronomy and Space Science, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China

Received 8 November 2015; Revised 20 February 2016; Accepted 3 March 2016

Academic Editor: Elmetwally Elabbasy

Copyright © 2016 J. Wang. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Neutron stars NSs powered by accretion, which are known as accretion-powered NSs, always are located in binary systems and manifest themselves as X-ray sources. Physical processes taking place during the accretion of material from their companions form a challenging and appealing topic, because of the strong magnetic field of NSs. In this paper, we review the physical process of accretion onto magnetized NS in X-ray binary systems. We, firstly, give an introduction to accretion-powered NSs and review the accretion mechanism in X-ray binaries. This review is mostly focused on accretion-induced evolution of NSs, which includes scenario of NSs both in high-mass binaries and in low-mass systems.

Author: J. Wang



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