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Polarization studies with NuSTAR
Author(s): Simone Lotti; Lorenzo Natalucci; Paolo Giommi; B. Grefenstette; Fiona A. Harrison; Kristin K. Madsen; Matteo Perri; Simonetta Puccetti; A. Zoglauer
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Paper Abstract

The capability of NuSTAR to detect polarization in the Compton scattering regime (>50 keV) has been investigated. The NuSTAR mission, flown on June 2012 a Low Earth Orbit (LEO), provides a unique possibility to confirm the findings of INTEGRAL on the polarization of cosmic sources in the hard X-rays. Each of the two focal plane detectors are high resolution pixellated CZT arrays, sensitive in the energy range ~ 3 - 80 keV. These units have intrinsic polarization capabilities when the proper information on the double events is transmitted on ground. In this case it will be possible to detect polarization from bright sources on timescales of the order of 105 s

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 2012
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8443, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 84434X (17 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925989
Show Author Affiliations
Simone Lotti, INAF/IAPS Roma (Italy)
Lorenzo Natalucci, INAF/IAPS Roma (Italy)
Paolo Giommi, ASI Science Data Ctr. (Italy)
B. Grefenstette, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Fiona A. Harrison, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Kristin K. Madsen, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Matteo Perri, ASI Science Data Ctr. (Italy)
Simonetta Puccetti, ASI Science Data Ctr. (Italy)
A. Zoglauer, Space Sciences Lab., California Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8443:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Tadayuki Takahashi; Stephen S. Murray; Jan-Willem A. den Herder, Editor(s)

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