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IXPE: The Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer, Implementing a Dedicated Polarimetry MissionOnly a few experiments have conducted x-ray polarimetry of cosmic sources since Weisskopf et al confirmed the 19% polarization of the Crab Nebula with the Orbiting Solar Observatory (OSO-8) in the 70's center dot The challenge is to measure a faint polarized component against a background of non-polarized signal (as well as the other, typical background components) center dot Typically, for a few % minimum detectable polarization, 106 photons are required. center dot So, a dedicated mission is vital with instruments that are designed specifically to measure polarization (with minimal systematic effects) Over the proposed mission life (2- 3 years), IXPE will first survey representative samples of several categories of targets: magnetars, isolated pulsars, pulsar wind nebula and supernova remnants, microquasars, active galaxies etc. The survey results will guide detailed follow-up observations. Precise calibration of IXPE is vital to ensuring sensitivity goals are met. The detectors will be characterized in Italy, and then a full calibration of the complete instrument will be performed at MSFC's stray light facility. Polarized flux at different energies Heritage: X-ray Optics at MSFC polarimetry mission.
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Ramsey, Brian (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Date Acquired
October 10, 2014
Publication Date
August 25, 2014
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Meeting Information
Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer Implementing a Dedicated Polarimetry Mission(Stockholm)
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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