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The PoGO+ balloon-borne hard X-ray polarimetry mission
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics. The Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics, AlbaNova University Center, 106 91 Stockholm, Sweden.
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics. The Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics, AlbaNova University Center, 106 91 Stockholm, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5191-9306
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics. The Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics, AlbaNova University Center, 106 91 Stockholm, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5742-7553
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics. The Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics, AlbaNova University Center, 106 91 Stockholm, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7011-7229
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2018 (English)In: Galaxies, E-ISSN 2075-4434, Vol. 6, no 1, article id 30Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The PoGO mission, including the PoGOLite Pathfinder and PoGO+, aims to provide polarimetric measurements of the Crab system and Cygnus X-1 in the hard X-ray band. Measurements are conducted from a stabilized balloon-borne platform, launched on a 1 million cubic meter balloon from the Esrange Space Center in Sweden to an altitude of approximately 40 km. Several flights have been conducted, resulting in two independent measurements of the Crab polarization and one of Cygnus X-1. Here, a review of the PoGO mission is presented, including a description of the payload and the flight campaigns, and a discussion of some of the scientific results obtained to date. 

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MDPI AG , 2018. Vol. 6, no 1, article id 30
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Attitude control, Compton polarimeter, Crab, Cygnus X-1, Hard X-rays, Payload design, Scientific ballooning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-227400DOI: 10.3390/galaxies6010030Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85043362309OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-227400DiVA, id: diva2:1210660
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Export Date: 9 May 2018; Article; Correspondence Address: Kiss, M.; KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Department of PhysicsSweden; email: mozsi@kth.se; Funding details: Knut och Alice Wallenbergs Stiftelse; Funding details: JSPS, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science; Funding details: TRC, The Research Council; Funding details: SNSB, Swedish National Space Board; Funding details: DST, Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology; Funding details: CASIS, Center for the Advancement of Science in Space; Funding text: Acknowledgments: This research was supported in Sweden by The Swedish National Space Board, The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, and The Swedish Research Council. In Japan, support was provided by the Japan Society for Promotion of Science and ISAS/JAXA. SSC are thanked for providing expert mission support and launch services at Esrange Space Center. DST Control developed the PoGO+ attitude control system under the leadership of J.-E. Strömberg. Contributions from past collaboration members and students are acknowledged. QC 20180529

Available from: 2018-05-29 Created: 2018-05-29 Last updated: 2018-05-29Bibliographically approved

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