Outflows from X-ray binaries
Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy, University of Amsterdam
Stellar-mass black holes and neutron stars are notorious for devouring gas from their surroundings, but these compact objects also spit matter and energy back into space through collimated jets and disk winds. These outflows are of key importance for understanding i) the physics of accretion, ii) the orbital evolution of X-ray binaries, and iii) the feedback of X-ray binaries into the interstellar medium. Despite their ubiquity and undisputed importance, however, we are still seeking observational answers to some basic properties of jets and disk winds, such as their launching mechanism, mass content and power. I will review some recent observational efforts in understanding and characterising the outflows of X-ray binaries.