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NHXM: a New Hard X-ray imaging and polarimetric Mission
Author(s): Gianpiero Tagliaferri; Andrea Argan; Ronaldo Bellazzini; Jay Bookbinder; Osvaldo Catalano; Elisabetta Cavazzuti; Enrico Costa; Giancarlo Cusumano; Fabrizio Fiore; Carlo Fiorini; Paolo Giommi; Giuseppe Malaguti; Giorgio Matt; Sandro Mereghetti; Giuseppina Micela; Stephen Murray; Barbara Negri; Giovanni Pareschi; Giuseppe Perola; Suzanne Romaine; Gabriele Villa
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Paper Abstract

The New Hard X-ray Mission (NHXM) has been designed to provide a real breakthrough on a number of hot astrophysical issues that includes: black holes census, the physics of accretion, the particle acceleration mechanisms, the effects of radiative transfer in highly magnetized plasmas and strong gravitational fields. NHXM combines fine imaging capability up to 80 keV, today available only at E<10 keV, with sensitive photoelectric imaging polarimetry. It consists of four identical mirrors, with a 10 m focal length, achieved after launch by means of a deployable structure. Three of the four telescopes will have at their focus identical spectral-imaging cameras, while a X-ray imaging polarimeter will be placed at the focus of the fourth. In order to ensure a low and stable background, NHXM will be placed in a low Earth equatorial orbit. Here we will provide an overall description of this mission and of the developments that are currently occurring in Italy. In the meanwhile we are forming an international collaboration, with the goal to have a consortium of leading Institutes and people that are at the forefront of the scientific and technological developments that are relevant for this mission.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 July 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7732, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 773217 (29 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857032
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Gianpiero Tagliaferri, Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
Andrea Argan, INAF - IASF Roma (Italy)
Ronaldo Bellazzini, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)
Jay Bookbinder, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Osvaldo Catalano, INAF - IASF Palermo (Italy)
Elisabetta Cavazzuti, Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (Italy)
Enrico Costa, INAF - IASF Roma (Italy)
Giancarlo Cusumano, INAF - IASF Palermo (Italy)
Fabrizio Fiore, Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma (Italy)
Carlo Fiorini, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
Paolo Giommi, Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (Italy)
Giuseppe Malaguti, INAF - IASF Bologna (Italy)
Giorgio Matt, Univ. degli Studi di Roma Tre (Italy)
Sandro Mereghetti, INAF - IASF Milano (Italy)
Giuseppina Micela, Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo (Italy)
Stephen Murray, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Barbara Negri, Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (Italy)
Giovanni Pareschi, Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
Giuseppe Perola, Univ. degli Studi di Roma Tre (Italy)
Suzanne Romaine, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Gabriele Villa, INAF - IASF Milano (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7732:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Monique Arnaud; Stephen S. Murray; Tadayuki Takahashi, Editor(s)

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