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An Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Mission
Author and Affiliation:
Weisskopf, Martin C.(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, United States)
Bellazini, Ronaldo
Costa, Enrico
Ramsey, Brian
O'Dell, Steve
Tennant, Allyn
Elsner, Ronald
Pavlov, George
Matt, Girogio
Kaspi, Vicky Show more authors
Abstract: Technical progress both in x-ray optics and in polarization-sensitive x-ray detectors, which our groups have pioneered, enables a scientifically powerful - yet inexpensive - dedicated mission for imaging x-ray polarimetry. Such a mission is sufficiently sensitive to measure x-ray (linear) polarization for a broad range of cosmic sources --- particularly those involving neutron stars, stellar black holes, and supermassive black holes (active galactic nuclei). We describe the technical elements, discuss a mission concept, and synopsiz:e the important physical and astrophysical questions such as mission would address.
Publication Date: Mar 30, 2008
Document ID:
20080018928
(Acquired May 30, 2008)
Subject Category: ASTROPHYSICS
Document Type: Conference Paper
Meeting Information: HEAD 2008: High Energy Astrophysics Division; 31 Mar.-3 Apr. 2008; Los Angeles, CA; United States
Meeting Sponsor: American Astronomical Society; Washington, DC, United States
Financial Sponsor: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; Huntsville, AL, United States
Organization Source: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; Huntsville, AL, United States
Description: 1p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: No Copyright
NASA Terms: POLARIMETRY; X RAY OPTICS; IMAGING TECHNIQUES; SPACE MISSIONS; ASTROPHYSICS; ACTIVE GALACTIC NUCLEI; NEUTRON STARS; LOW COST; SENSITIVITY; X RAY DETECTORS
Availability Source: Other Sources
Availability Notes: Abstract Only
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