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XIPE the X-ray Imaging Polarimetry Explorer
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics, Particle and Astroparticle Physics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7011-7229
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics, Particle and Astroparticle Physics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4378-8785
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics, Particle and Astroparticle Physics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1999-2161
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Number of Authors: 4212016 (English)In: Proceedings of SPIE, SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering, 2016, Vol. 9905, article id UNSP 990515Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

XIPE, the X-ray Imaging Polarimetry Explorer, is a mission dedicated to X-ray Astronomy. At the time of writing XIPE is in a competitive phase A as fourth medium size mission of ESA (M4). It promises to reopen the polarimetry window in high energy Astrophysics after more than 4 decades thanks to a detector that efficiently exploits the photoelectric effect and to X-ray optics with large effective area. XIPE uniqueness is time-spectrally-spatially- resolved X-ray polarimetry as a breakthrough in high energy astrophysics and fundamental physics. Indeed the payload consists of three Gas Pixel Detectors at the focus of three X-ray optics with a total effective area larger than one XMM mirror but with a low weight. The payload is compatible with the fairing of the Vega launcher. XIPE is designed as an observatory for X- ray astronomers with 75% of the time dedicated to a Guest Observer competitive program and it is organized as a consortium across Europe with main contributions from Italy, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom, Poland, Sweden.

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SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering, 2016. Vol. 9905, article id UNSP 990515
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Gas Pixel Detector, Polarimetry, X-ray Astronomy, X-ray optics
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Accelerator Physics and Instrumentation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-202016DOI: 10.1117/12.2233046ISI: 000387731500030Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85003741930ISBN: 978-1-5106-0189-5 (print)ISBN: 978-1-5106-0190-1 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-202016DiVA, id: diva2:1074993
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Conference on Space Telescopes and Instrumentation - Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, Edinburgh, SCOTLAND, JUN 26-JUL 01, 2016
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Available from: 2017-02-16 Created: 2017-02-16 Last updated: 2017-02-16Bibliographically approved

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