X-ray Diagnostics of Astrophysical Plasmas
- Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
- 60 Garden Street
- Cambridge, MA 02138
This is a brief historical overview of X-ray diagnostics and
of the general codes that predict thermal X-ray emission spectra.
It will discuss the general approaches behind different
X-ray models and the general ideas behind line ratio diagnostics
for density, temperature and optical depth. It will also discuss
some of the things that might be added to the codes and the level
of accuracy available.