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POET: a SMEX mission for gamma ray burst polarimetry
Author(s): Mark L. McConnell; Matthew Baring; Peter Bloser; Joseph F. Dwyer; A. Gordon Emslie; Camden D. Ertley; Jochen Greiner; Alice K. Harding; Dieter H. Hartmann; Joanne E. Hill; Philip Kaaret; R. Marc Kippen; David Mattingly; Sheila McBreen; Mark Pearce; Nicolas Produit; James M. Ryan; Felix Ryde; Takanori Sakamoto; Kenji Toma; W. Thomas Vestrand; Bing Zhang
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Paper Abstract

Polarimeters for Energetic Transients (POET) is a mission concept designed to t within the envelope of a NASA Small Explorer (SMEX) mission. POET will use X-ray and gamma-ray polarimetry to uncover the energy release mechanism associated with the formation of stellar-mass black holes and investigate the physics of extreme magnetic ields in the vicinity of compact objects. Two wide-FoV, non-imaging polarimeters will provide polarization measurements over the broad energy range from about 2 keV up to about 500 keV. A Compton scatter polarimeter, using an array of independent scintillation detector elements, will be used to collect data from 50 keV up to 500 keV. At low energies (2{15 keV), data will be provided by a photoelectric polarimeter based on the use of a Time Projection Chamber for photoelectron tracking. During a two-year baseline mission, POET will be able to collect data that will allow us to distinguish between three basic models for the inner jet of gamma-ray bursts.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 July 2014
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9144, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 91440O (29 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056905
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Mark L. McConnell, The Univ. of New Hampshire (United States)
Matthew Baring, Rice Univ. (United States)
Peter Bloser, The Univ. of New Hampshire (United States)
Joseph F. Dwyer, The Univ. of New Hampshire (United States)
A. Gordon Emslie, Western Kentucky Univ. (United States)
Camden D. Ertley, The Univ. of New Hampshire (United States)
Jochen Greiner, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Alice K. Harding, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Dieter H. Hartmann, Clemson Univ. (United States)
Joanne E. Hill, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Philip Kaaret, The Univ. of Iowa (United States)
R. Marc Kippen, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
David Mattingly, The Univ. of New Hampshire (United States)
Sheila McBreen, Univ. College Dublin (Ireland)
Mark Pearce, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)
Nicolas Produit, ISDC Data Ctr. for Astrophysics, Univ. de Genève (Switzerland)
James M. Ryan, The Univ. of New Hampshire (United States)
Felix Ryde, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)
Takanori Sakamoto, Aoyama Gakuin Univ. (Japan)
Kenji Toma, Tohoku Univ. (Japan)
W. Thomas Vestrand, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Bing Zhang, Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9144:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Tadayuki Takahashi; Jan-Willem A. den Herder; Mark Bautz, Editor(s)

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