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15 July 2008 An imaging x-ray polarimeter for the study of galactic and extragalactic x-ray sources
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Technical progress in X-ray optics and in polarization-sensitive X-ray detectors, which our groups pioneered, enables a scientifically powerful, dedicated space mission for imaging X-ray polarimetry. This mission is sufficiently sensitive to measure X-ray (linear) polarization for a broad range of cosmic sources-primarily those involving neutron stars, stellar black holes, and supermassive black holes (active galactic nuclei). We describe the technical basis, the mission concept, and the physical and astrophysical questions such a mission would address.
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Martin C. Weisskopf, Ronaldo Bellazzini, Enrico Costa, Brian D. Ramsey, Stephen L. O'Dell, Ronald F. Elsner, Allyn F. Tennant, George G. Pavlov, Giorgio Matt, Victoria M. Kaspi, Paolo S. Coppi, Kinwah Wu, Oswald H. W. Siegmund, and Vyacheslav E. Zavlin "An imaging x-ray polarimeter for the study of galactic and extragalactic x-ray sources", Proc. SPIE 7011, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 70111I (15 July 2008);


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