X-ray binaries in Bormio
In January I was back to Europe for the X-ray Binaries 13 meeting, a "thinkshop" on the present and future of studies of X-ray binaries organised by Sergio Campana (Brera) &co. The meeting featured a terrific overview of the current state of knowledge of neutron star and black hole binaries, and prospects for the future. I gave an invited talk on thermonuclear bursts and the prospects for the future.
Of course, in a setting as beautiful as Bormio, we also enjoyed the skiing, although it did get a bit cold (-20° at the summit at one point!)
Thermonuclear (type-I) X-ray bursts (1.5 MB PDF)