1 February 1981 Stellar And Solar X-Ray Polarimetry
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The theory of Bragg crystal x-ray polarimeters is presented to-gether with an analysis of the statistics of photon-limited polarimeters. The focusing Bragg crystal polarimeter flown on the OSO-8 Satellite is described and a number of results obtained at 2.6 keV and 5.2 keV are presented. A polarimeter of this type with at least ten times the area is needed to answer a number of astrophysically interesting questions. A discussion is given of a Compton scattering polarimeter that is expected to be useful of energies above 40 keV. It is shown how this polarimeter may be used to test for the presence of a black hole in Cyg X-1. A solar flare x-ray polarimeter that is scheduled to be flown on an early space shuttle mission is described and an estimate is given of its sensitivity.
Robert Novick, Robert Novick, } "Stellar And Solar X-Ray Polarimetry," Optical Engineering 20(1), 200131 (1 February 1981). https://doi.org/10.1117/12.7972658 . Submission:


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