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Micropattern gas detector for x-ray polarimetry
Author(s): Ronaldo Bellazzini; F. Angelini; Luca Baldini; Alessandro Brez; Enrico Costa; Giuseppe Di Persio; Luca Latronico; M. M. Massai; Nicola Omodei; Luigi Pacciani; Paolo Soffitta; Gloria Spandre
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Paper Abstract

We report on a new instrument that brings high efficiency to x-ray polarimetry, which is the last unexplored field of x-ray astronomy. It derives the polarization information from the tracks of the photoelectrons imaged by a finely subdivided gas pixel detector. The device can also do simultaneously good imaging, moderate spectroscopy and fast, high rate timing down to 150 eV. Moreover, being truly 2D, it is non dispersive and does not require rotation. The great immprovement of sensitivity will allow direct exploration of the most dramatic objects of the x-ray sky; with integrations of the order of one day we could perform polarimetry of Active Galactic Nuclei at the percent level, a breakthrough in this fascinating window of high energy astrophysics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 February 2003
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4843, Polarimetry in Astronomy, (14 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.459380
Show Author Affiliations
Ronaldo Bellazzini, INFN/Pisa (Italy)
F. Angelini, INFN/Pisa (Italy)
Luca Baldini, INFN/Pisa (Italy)
Alessandro Brez, INFN/Pisa (Italy)
Enrico Costa, Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale-CNR (Italy)
Giuseppe Di Persio, Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale-CNR (Italy)
Luca Latronico, INFN/Pisa (Italy)
M. M. Massai, INFN/Pisa (Italy)
Nicola Omodei, INFN/Pisa (Italy)
Luigi Pacciani, Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale-CNR (Italy)
Paolo Soffitta, Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale-CNR (Italy)
Gloria Spandre, INFN/Pisa (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4843:
Polarimetry in Astronomy
Silvano Fineschi, Editor(s)

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