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Accretion torques in X-ray pulsars

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The character of intrinsic pulse period changes in X-ray pulsars supports the now conventional model for these sources, wherein the X-ray luminosity is derived from the accretion of matter on to a rotating, magnetised compact object, probably a neutron star, and the pulse period changes are caused by its interaction with the accreting matter.

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