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Performances of the gas pixel detector to a continuum and highly polarized x-ray beam
Author(s): Alessia Tortosa; Sergio Fabiani; Paolo Soffitta; Fabio Muleri; Mario Cirillo; Riccardo Ferrazzoli; Alda Rubini; Antonio Tobia; Alessandro Trinca
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Paper Abstract

We report on the first measure of the polarization of a laboratory source with a continuum energy spectrum, which simulates the effect of a real astrophysical source, carried out with a prototype of the Gas Pixel Detector (GPD). This detector is an X-ray polarimeter exploiting the photoelectric effect both to measure the polarization and to obtain the image of astrophysical sources. The gas pixel detector will be the focal plane detector on board the IXPE (Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer) mission selected by NASA in the framework of the Explorer program for a launch in 2021.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 2018
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 10699, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 106995A (6 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2313741
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Alessia Tortosa, INAF - Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Italy)
Sergio Fabiani, INAF - Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Italy)
Paolo Soffitta, INAF - Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Italy)
Fabio Muleri, INAF - Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Italy)
Mario Cirillo, INAF - Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Italy)
Riccardo Ferrazzoli, INAF - Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Italy)
Alda Rubini, INAF - Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Italy)
Antonio Tobia, INAF - Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Italy)
Alessandro Trinca, INAF - Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10699:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Jan-Willem A. den Herder; Shouleh Nikzad; Kazuhiro Nakazawa, Editor(s)

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