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Simbol-X: mission overview
Author(s): P. Ferrando; M. Arnaud; U. Briel; O. Citterio; R. Clédassou; P. Duchon; F. Fiore; P. Giommi; A. Goldwurm; G. Hasinger; E. Kendziorra; P. Laurent; F. Lebrun; O. Limousin; G. Malaguti; S. Mereghetti; G. Micela; G. Pareschi; Y. Rio; J. P. Roques; L. Strüder; G. Tagliaferri
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Paper Abstract

Simbol-X is a hard X-ray mission, operating in the ~ 0.5-80 keV range, proposed as a collaboration between the French and Italian space agencies with participation of German laboratories for a launch in 2013. Relying on two spacecraft in a formation flying configuration, Simbol-X uses for the first time a 20-30 m focal length X-ray mirror to focus X-rays with energy above 10 keV, resulting in over two orders of magnitude improvement in angular resolution and sensitivity in the hard X-ray range with respect to non-focusing techniques. The Simbol-X revolutionary instrumental capabilities will allow us to elucidate outstanding questions in high energy astrophysics such as those related to black-holes accretion physics and census, and to particle acceleration mechanisms, which are the prime science objectives of the mission. After having undergone a thorough assessment study performed by CNES in the context of a selection of a formation flight scientific mission, Simbol-X has been selected for a phase A study to be jointly conducted by CNES and ASI. The mission science objectives, the current status of the instrumentation and mission design are presented in this paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 June 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6266, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation II: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 62660F (20 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.673266
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P. Ferrando, APC & DSM/DAPNIA/SAp CEA/Saclay (France)
M. Arnaud, DSM/DAPNIA/Service d'Astrophysique, CEA/Saclay (France)
U. Briel, Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
O. Citterio, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
R. Clédassou, Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France)
P. Duchon, Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France)
F. Fiore, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma (Italy)
P. Giommi, ASI Science Data Ctr. (Italy)
A. Goldwurm, APC & DSM/DAPNIA/SAp CEA/Saclay (France)
G. Hasinger, Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
E. Kendziorra, Institut für Astronomie und Astrophysik, Univ. Tübingen (Germany)
P. Laurent, APC & DSM/DAPNIA/SAp CEA/Saclay (France)
F. Lebrun, APC & DSM/DAPNIA/SAp CEA/Saclay (France)
O. Limousin, DSM/DAPNIA/Service d'Astrophysique, CEA/Saclay (France)
G. Malaguti, INAF, Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica (Italy)
S. Mereghetti, INAF, Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica (Italy)
G. Micela, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo (Italy)
G. Pareschi, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
Y. Rio, DSM/DAPNIA/Service d'Astrophysique, CEA/Saclay (France)
J. P. Roques, Ctr. d'Etude Spatiale des Rayonnements (France)
L. Strüder, Max Planck Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
G. Tagliaferri, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6266:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation II: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Martin J. L. Turner; Günther Hasinger, Editor(s)

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