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A small mission featuring an imaging x-ray polarimeter with high sensitivity
Author(s): Martin C. Weisskopf; Luca Baldini; Ronaldo Bellazini; Alessandro Brez; Enrico Costa; Richard Dissly; Ronald F. Elsner; Sergio Fabiani; Giorgio Matt; Massimo Minuti; Fabio Muleri; Steve O'Dell; Michele Pinchera; Brian Ramsey; Alda Rubini; Carmelo Sgro'; Paolo Soffitta; Gloria Spandre
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Paper Abstract

We show that meaningful, highly sensitive x-ray polarimetry with imaging capability is possible with a small mission tailored to the NASA Explorer program. Such a mission—derived from the Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) proposed to a previous NASA call—takes advantage of progress in light-weight x-ray optics and in gas pixel detectors to achieve sensitive time-resolved, spectrometric, imaging polarimetry. We outline the main characteristics and requirements of this mission and provide a realistic assessment of its scientific utility for modeling point-like and extended x-ray sources and for studying physical processes (including questions of fundamental physics).

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 September 2013
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 8859, UV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XVIII, 885908 (26 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2024473
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Martin C. Weisskopf, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Luca Baldini, Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)
Ronaldo Bellazini, Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)
Alessandro Brez, Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)
Enrico Costa, INAF - Instituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Italy)
Richard Dissly, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Ronald F. Elsner, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Sergio Fabiani, INAF - Instituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Italy)
Giorgio Matt, Univ. degli Studi Roma Tre (Italy)
Massimo Minuti, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)
Fabio Muleri, INAF - Instituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Italy)
Steve O'Dell, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Michele Pinchera, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)
Brian Ramsey, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Alda Rubini, INAF - Instituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Italy)
Carmelo Sgro', Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)
Paolo Soffitta, INAF - Instituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Italy)
Gloria Spandre, Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8859:
UV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XVIII
Oswald H. Siegmund, Editor(s)

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