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Quick, cheap, and beautiful x-ray polarimeter
Author(s): Martin C. Weisskopf; Ronald F. Elsner; Marshall K. Joy; Stephen L. O'Dell; Brian D. Ramsey; Gordon P. Garmire; Peter Meszaros; Rashid Sunyaev
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Paper Abstract

The use of x-ray polarimeters for the study of cosmic sources has been severely limited by the lack of launch opportunities. Thus far, the most significant x-ray-polarimetry experiment was performed by a device aboard the Orbiting Solar Observatory (OSO)-8 satellite in the 1970s. The next polarimetry experiment will be the Stellar X-Ray Polarimeter (SXRP), to be flown on the Russian Spectrum-X satellite in the next few years. Here we describe a simple experiment designed as a dedicated x-ray-polarimetry mission to operate in the 10 - 20 keV band and to complement scientifically the SXRP.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 November 1994
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 2283, X-Ray and Ultraviolet Spectroscopy and Polarimetry, (7 November 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.193205
Show Author Affiliations
Martin C. Weisskopf, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Ronald F. Elsner, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Marshall K. Joy, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Stephen L. O'Dell, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Brian D. Ramsey, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Gordon P. Garmire, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Peter Meszaros, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Rashid Sunyaev, Space Research Institute (Russia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2283:
X-Ray and Ultraviolet Spectroscopy and Polarimetry
Silvano Fineschi, Editor(s)

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