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An imaging x-ray polarimeter for the study of galactic and extragalactic x-ray sources
Author(s): Martin C. Weisskopf; Ronaldo Bellazzini; Enrico Costa; Brian D. Ramsey; Stephen L. O'Dell; Ronald F. Elsner; Allyn F. Tennant; George G. Pavlov; Giorgio Matt; Victoria M. Kaspi; Paolo S. Coppi; Kinwah Wu; Oswald H. W. Siegmund; Vyacheslav E. Zavlin
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Paper Abstract

Technical progress in X-ray optics and in polarization-sensitive X-ray detectors, which our groups pioneered, enables a scientifically powerful, dedicated space mission for imaging X-ray polarimetry. This mission is sufficiently sensitive to measure X-ray (linear) polarization for a broad range of cosmic sources-primarily those involving neutron stars, stellar black holes, and supermassive black holes (active galactic nuclei). We describe the technical basis, the mission concept, and the physical and astrophysical questions such a mission would address.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7011, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 70111I (15 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.788184
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Martin C. Weisskopf, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Ronaldo Bellazzini, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)
Enrico Costa, Istituto de Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica (Italy)
Brian D. Ramsey, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Stephen L. O'Dell, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Ronald F. Elsner, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Allyn F. Tennant, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
George G. Pavlov, Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Giorgio Matt, Univ. degli Studi di Roma Tre (Italy)
Victoria M. Kaspi, McGill Univ. (Canada)
Paolo S. Coppi, Yale Univ. (United States)
Kinwah Wu, Univ. College London, Mullard Space Science Lab. (United Kingdom)
Oswald H. W. Siegmund, Univ. of California, Berkeley, Space Sciences Lab. (United States)
Vyacheslav E. Zavlin, Universities Space Research Association (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7011:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Martin J. L. Turner; Kathryn A. Flanagan, Editor(s)

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