20 August 2018 The Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE): technical overview
Stephen L. O'Dell; Luca Baldini; Ronaldo Bellazzini; Enrico Costa; Ronald F. Elsner; Victoria M. Kaspi; Jeffery J. Kolodziejczak; Luca Latronico; Herman L. Marshall; Giorgio Matt; Fabio Mulieri; Brian D. Ramsey; Roger W. Romani; Paolo Soffitta; Allyn F. Tennant; Martin C. Weisskopf; D. Zachary Allen; Fabrizio Amici; Spencer Antoniak; Primo Attina; Matteo Bachetti; Mattia Barbanera; Wayne H. Baumgartner; Jeff Bladt; Stephen D. Bongiorno; Fabio Borotto; Thomas Brooks; Scott Bussinger; H. Kyle Bygott; Elisabetta Cavazzuti; Marco Ceccanti; Saverio Citraro; William D. Deininger; Ettore Del Monte; Kurtis L. Dietz; Niccolò Di Lalla; Giuseppe Di Persio; Immacolata Donnarumma; Jennifer Erickson; Yuri Evangelista; Sergio Fabiani; Riccardo Ferrazzoli; Michele Foster; Manuela Giusti; Shuichi Gunji; Larry Guy; Sandra Johnson; William Kalinowski; Anthony R. Kelley; Kiranmayee Kilaru; Carlo Lefevre; Simone Maldera; Alberto Manfreda; Marco Marengo; James Masciarelli; Mike McEachen; Paolo Mereu; Massimo Minuti; Mark A. Mitchell; Scott Mitchell; Ikuyuki Mitsuishi; Alfredo Morbidini; Federico Mosti; Hikmat Nasimi; Barbara Negri; Leonardo Orsini; Darren Osborne; Steven D. Pavelitz; Christina Pentz; Matteo Perri; Melissa Pesce-Rollins; Colin Peterson; Raffaele Piazzolla; Stefano Pieraccini; Maura Pilia; Michele Pinchera; Simonetta Puccetti; Jaganathan Ranganathan; Tim Read; Alda Rubini; Francesco Santoli; Paolo Sarra; Sarah Schindhelm; Andrea Sciortino; Chris Seckar; Carmelo Sgrò; Brian T. Smith; Chet O. Speegle; Toru Tamagawa; Marcello Tardiola; Antonino Tobia; Alessia Tortosa; Alessio Trois; Bruce Weddendorf; Jeff Wedmore; Davide Zanetti
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Abstract
The Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) will expand the information space for study of cosmic sources, by adding polarization to the properties (time, energy, and position) observed in x-ray astronomy. Selected in 2017 January as a NASA Astrophysics Small Explorer (SMEX) mission, IXPE will be launched into an equatorial orbit in 2021. The IXPE observatory includes three identical x-ray telescopes, each comprising a 4-m-focal-length (grazing-incidence) mirror module assembly (MMA) and a polarization-sensitive (imaging) detector unit (DU). The optical bench separating the MMAs from the DUs is a deployable boom with a tip/tilt/rotation stage for DU-to-MMA (gang) alignment, similar to the configuration used for the NuSTAR observatory. The IXPE mission will provide scientifically meaningful measurements of the x-ray polarization of a few dozen sources in the 2-8 keV band, over the first two years of the mission. For several bright, extended x-ray sources (pulsar wind nebulae, supernova remnants, and an active-galaxy jet), IXPE observations will produce polarization maps indicating the magnetic structure of the synchrotron emitting regions. For many bright pulsating x-ray sources (isolated pulsars, accreting x-ray pulsars, and magnetars), IXPE observations will produce phase-resolved profiles of the polarization degree and position angle.
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Stephen L. O'Dell, Stephen L. O'Dell, Luca Baldini, Luca Baldini, Ronaldo Bellazzini, Ronaldo Bellazzini, Enrico Costa, Enrico Costa, Ronald F. Elsner, Ronald F. Elsner, Victoria M. Kaspi, Victoria M. Kaspi, Jeffery J. Kolodziejczak, Jeffery J. Kolodziejczak, Luca Latronico, Luca Latronico, Herman L. Marshall, Herman L. Marshall, Giorgio Matt, Giorgio Matt, Fabio Mulieri, Fabio Mulieri, Brian D. Ramsey, Brian D. Ramsey, Roger W. Romani, Roger W. Romani, Paolo Soffitta, Paolo Soffitta, Allyn F. Tennant, Allyn F. Tennant, Martin C. Weisskopf, Martin C. Weisskopf, D. Zachary Allen, D. Zachary Allen, Fabrizio Amici, Fabrizio Amici, Spencer Antoniak, Spencer Antoniak, Primo Attina, Primo Attina, Matteo Bachetti, Matteo Bachetti, Mattia Barbanera, Mattia Barbanera, Wayne H. Baumgartner, Wayne H. Baumgartner, Jeff Bladt, Jeff Bladt, Stephen D. Bongiorno, Stephen D. Bongiorno, Fabio Borotto, Fabio Borotto, Thomas Brooks, Thomas Brooks, Scott Bussinger, Scott Bussinger, H. Kyle Bygott, H. Kyle Bygott, Elisabetta Cavazzuti, Elisabetta Cavazzuti, Marco Ceccanti, Marco Ceccanti, Saverio Citraro, Saverio Citraro, William D. Deininger, William D. Deininger, Ettore Del Monte, Ettore Del Monte, Kurtis L. Dietz, Kurtis L. Dietz, Niccolò Di Lalla, Niccolò Di Lalla, Giuseppe Di Persio, Giuseppe Di Persio, Immacolata Donnarumma, Immacolata Donnarumma, Jennifer Erickson, Jennifer Erickson, Yuri Evangelista, Yuri Evangelista, Sergio Fabiani, Sergio Fabiani, Riccardo Ferrazzoli, Riccardo Ferrazzoli, Michele Foster, Michele Foster, Manuela Giusti, Manuela Giusti, Shuichi Gunji, Shuichi Gunji, Larry Guy, Larry Guy, Sandra Johnson, Sandra Johnson, William Kalinowski, William Kalinowski, Anthony R. Kelley, Anthony R. Kelley, Kiranmayee Kilaru, Kiranmayee Kilaru, Carlo Lefevre, Carlo Lefevre, Simone Maldera, Simone Maldera, Alberto Manfreda, Alberto Manfreda, Marco Marengo, Marco Marengo, James Masciarelli, James Masciarelli, Mike McEachen, Mike McEachen, Paolo Mereu, Paolo Mereu, Massimo Minuti, Massimo Minuti, Mark A. Mitchell, Mark A. Mitchell, Scott Mitchell, Scott Mitchell, Ikuyuki Mitsuishi, Ikuyuki Mitsuishi, Alfredo Morbidini, Alfredo Morbidini, Federico Mosti, Federico Mosti, Hikmat Nasimi, Hikmat Nasimi, Barbara Negri, Barbara Negri, Leonardo Orsini, Leonardo Orsini, Darren Osborne, Darren Osborne, Steven D. Pavelitz, Steven D. Pavelitz, Christina Pentz, Christina Pentz, Matteo Perri, Matteo Perri, Melissa Pesce-Rollins, Melissa Pesce-Rollins, Colin Peterson, Colin Peterson, Raffaele Piazzolla, Raffaele Piazzolla, Stefano Pieraccini, Stefano Pieraccini, Maura Pilia, Maura Pilia, Michele Pinchera, Michele Pinchera, Simonetta Puccetti, Simonetta Puccetti, Jaganathan Ranganathan, Jaganathan Ranganathan, Tim Read, Tim Read, Alda Rubini, Alda Rubini, Francesco Santoli, Francesco Santoli, Paolo Sarra, Paolo Sarra, Sarah Schindhelm, Sarah Schindhelm, Andrea Sciortino, Andrea Sciortino, Chris Seckar, Chris Seckar, Carmelo Sgrò, Carmelo Sgrò, Brian T. Smith, Brian T. Smith, Chet O. Speegle, Chet O. Speegle, Toru Tamagawa, Toru Tamagawa, Marcello Tardiola, Marcello Tardiola, Antonino Tobia, Antonino Tobia, Alessia Tortosa, Alessia Tortosa, Alessio Trois, Alessio Trois, Bruce Weddendorf, Bruce Weddendorf, Jeff Wedmore, Jeff Wedmore, Davide Zanetti, Davide Zanetti, } "The Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE): technical overview", Proc. SPIE 10699, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 106991X (20 August 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2314146; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2314146
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