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XIPE: The X-ray imaging polarimetry explorer
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2016 (English)In: Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering, 2016Conference 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.
Keywords [en]
Gas Pixel Detector, Polarimetry, X-ray Astronomy, X-ray optics, Astrophysics, Ellipsometry, Photoelectricity, Pixels, Polarimeters, Readout systems, Space telescopes, X ray analysis, X ray optics, Effective area, Fundamental physics, Large effective areas, Pixel detector, Spatially resolved, United kingdom, X-ray polarimetry, Gamma rays
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-201820DOI: 10.1117/12.2233046Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85003741930ISBN: 9781510601895 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-201820DiVA, id: diva2:1075011
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Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 26 June 2016 through 1 July 2016
Note

Funding text: XIPE is developed thanks to the support of ASI(IT), CNSA(CN), DLR (DE), SNPR&D&i(ES), SNSB(SE), SRC-PAS(PL), SSO(CH), UKSA(UK).

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Available from: 2017-02-16 Created: 2017-02-16 Last updated: 2017-06-22Bibliographically approved

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