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  • 1.
    Chauvin, Maxime
    et al.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics. The Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics, AlbaNova University Centre, 106 91, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Florén, H. -G
    Friis, M.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics. The Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics, AlbaNova University Centre, 106 91, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Jackson, M.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics. Present address: School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University, Cardiff, CF24 3AA, UK.
    Kamae, T.
    Kataoka, J.
    Kawano, T.
    Kiss, M.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics. The Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics, AlbaNova University Centre, 106 91, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Mikhalev, V.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics. The Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics, AlbaNova University Centre, 106 91, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Mizuno, T.
    Ohashi, N.
    Stana, T.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics. The Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics, AlbaNova University Centre, 106 91, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Tajima, H.
    Takahashi, H.
    Uchida, N.
    Pearce, Mark
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics. The Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics, AlbaNova University Centre, 106 91, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Correction: Shedding new light on the crab with polarized X-rays (Scientific Reports DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-07390-7)2018In: Scientific Reports, ISSN 2045-2322, E-ISSN 2045-2322, Vol. 8, no 1, article id 7975Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This Article contains a typographical error in the legend of Figure 2. "Gaussian 1, 2 and 3& #x1D70E;" should read: "Gaussian 1, 2 and 3σ". 

  • 2.
    Chauvin, Maxime
    et al.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics, Particle and Astroparticle Physics. The Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics, AlbaNova University Centre, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Florén, Hans-Gustav
    Friis, Mette
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics. The Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics, AlbaNova University Centre, Stockholm, SwedenThe Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics, AlbaNova University Centre, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Jackson, Miranda
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics.
    Kamae, Tuneyoshi
    Kataoka, Jun
    Kawano, Takafumi
    Kiss, Mózsi
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics, Particle and Astroparticle Physics.
    Mikhalev, Victor
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics, Particle and Astroparticle Physics.
    Mizuno, Tsunefumi
    Ohashi, Norie
    Stana, Theodor
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics.
    Tajima, Hiro
    Takahashi, Hiromitsu
    Uchida, Nagomi
    Pearce, Mark
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics.
    Accretion geometry of the black-hole binary Cygnus X-1 from X-ray polarimetry2018In: Nature Astronomy, ISSN 2397-3366, Vol. 2, no 8, p. 652-655Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Black hole binary (BHB) systems comprise a stellar-mass black hole and a closely orbiting companion star. Matter is transferred from the companion to the black hole, forming an accretion disk, corona and jet structures. The resulting release of gravitational energy leads to the emission of X-rays1. The radiation is affected by special/general relativistic effects, and can serve as a probe for the properties of the black hole and surrounding environment, if the accretion geometry is properly identified. Two competing models describe the disk–corona geometry for the hard spectral state of BHBs, based on spectral and timing measurements2,3. Measuring the polarization of hard X-rays reflected from the disk allows the geometry to be determined. The extent of the corona differs between the two models, affecting the strength of the relativistic effects (such as enhancement of the polarization fraction and rotation of the polarization angle). Here, we report observational results on the linear polarization of hard X-ray emission (19–181 keV) from a BHB, Cygnus X-14, in the hard state. The low polarization fraction, <8.6% (upper limit at a 90% confidence level), and the alignment of the polarization angle with the jet axis show that the dominant emission is not influenced by strong gravity. When considered together with existing spectral and timing data, our result reveals that the accretion corona is either an extended structure, or is located far from the black hole in the hard state of Cygnus X-1.

  • 3.
    Chauvin, Maxime
    et al.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics. The Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics, AlbaNova University Centre, 106 91, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Florén, H.-G.
    Friis, Mette
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics. The Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics, AlbaNova University Centre, 106 91, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Jackson, Miranda
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics. School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University, Cardiff, CF24 3AA, UK.
    Kamae, T.
    Kataoka, J.
    Kawano, T.
    Kiss, Mózsi
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics. The Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics, AlbaNova University Centre, 106 91, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Mikhalev, Victor
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics. The Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics, AlbaNova University Centre, 106 91, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Mizuno, T.
    Ohashi, N.
    Stana, Theodor-Adrian
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics. The Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics, AlbaNova University Centre, 106 91, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Tajima, H.
    Takahashi, H.
    Uchida, N.
    Pearce, Mark
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics. The Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics, AlbaNova University Centre, 106 91, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Shedding new light on the Crab with polarized X-rays2017In: Scientific Reports, ISSN 2045-2322, E-ISSN 2045-2322, Vol. 7, no 7816, p. 1-6Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Strong magnetic fields, synchrotron emission, and Compton scattering are omnipresent in compactcelestial X-ray sources. Emissions in the X-ray energy band are consequently expected to be linearlypolarized. X-ray polarimetry provides a unique diagnostic to study the location and fundamentalmechanisms behind emission processes. The polarization of emissions from a bright celestial X-raysource, the Crab, is reported here for the first time in the hard X-ray band (~20–160 keV). The Crab isa complex system consisting of a central pulsar, a diffuse pulsar wind nebula, as well as structures inthe inner nebula including a jet and torus. Measurements are made by a purpose-built and calibratedpolarimeter, PoGO+. The polarization vector is found to be aligned with the spin axis of the pulsar for apolarization fraction, PF = (20.9 ± 5.0)%. This is higher than that of the optical diffuse nebula, implyinga more compact emission site, though not as compact as, e.g., the synchrotron knot. Contrary tomeasurements at higher energies, no significant temporal evolution of phase-integrated polarisationparameters is observed. The polarization parameters for the pulsar itself are measured for the first timein the X-ray energy band and are consistent with observations at optical wavelengths.

  • 4.
    Chauvin, Maxime
    et al.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics, Particle and Astroparticle Physics.
    Friis, Mette
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics.
    Jackson, Miranda
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics.
    Kawano, T.
    Kiss, Mózsi
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics, Particle and Astroparticle Physics.
    Mikhalev, Victor
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics, Particle and Astroparticle Physics.
    Ohashi, N.
    Stana, Theodor-Adrian
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics, Particle and Astroparticle Physics.
    Takahashi, H.
    Pearce, Mark
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics. The Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics, AlbaNova University Centre, 106 91 Stockholm, Sweden.
    Calibration and performance studies of the balloon-borne hard X-ray polarimeter PoGO2017In: Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, ISSN 0168-9002, E-ISSN 1872-9576, Vol. 859, p. 125-133Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Polarimetric observations of celestial sources in the hard X-ray band stand to provide new information on emission mechanisms and source geometries. PoGO+ is a Compton scattering polarimeter (20-150 keV) optimised for the observation of the Crab (pulsar and wind nebula) and Cygnus X-1 (black hole binary), from a stratospheric balloon-borne platform launched from the Esrange Space Centre in summer 2016. Prior to flight, the response of the polarimeter has been studied with polarised and unpolarised X-rays allowing a Geant4-based simulation model to be validated. The expected modulation factor for Crab observations is found to be M-Crab = (41.75 +/- 0.85)%, resulting in an expected Minimum Detectable Polarisation (MDP) of 7.3% for a 7 day flight. This will allow a measurement of the Crab polarisation parameters with at least 5 sigma statistical significance assuming a polarisation fraction similar to 20% - a significant improvement over the PoGOLite Pathfinder mission which flew in 2013 and from which the PoGO+ design is developed.

  • 5.
    Pearce, Mark
    et al.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics, Particle and Astroparticle Physics. AlbaNova Univ Ctr, Oskar Klein Ctr Cosmoparticle Phys, S-10691 Stockholm, Sweden..
    Eliasson, Linda
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics, Particle and Astroparticle Physics. AlbaNova Univ Ctr, Oskar Klein Ctr Cosmoparticle Phys, S-10691 Stockholm, Sweden..
    Iyer, Nirmal
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics, Particle and Astroparticle Physics. AlbaNova Univ Ctr, Oskar Klein Ctr Cosmoparticle Phys, S-10691 Stockholm, Sweden..
    Kiss, Mózsi
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics, Particle and Astroparticle Physics. AlbaNova Univ Ctr, Oskar Klein Ctr Cosmoparticle Phys, S-10691 Stockholm, Sweden..
    Kushwah, Rakhee
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics, Particle and Astroparticle Physics. AlbaNova Univ Ctr, Oskar Klein Ctr Cosmoparticle Phys, S-10691 Stockholm, Sweden..
    Larsson, Josefin
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics, Particle and Astroparticle Physics. AlbaNova Univ Ctr, Oskar Klein Ctr Cosmoparticle Phys, S-10691 Stockholm, Sweden..
    Lundman, Christoffer
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics, Particle and Astroparticle Physics. AlbaNova Univ Ctr, Oskar Klein Ctr Cosmoparticle Phys, S-10691 Stockholm, Sweden..
    Mikhalev, Victor
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics, Particle and Astroparticle Physics. AlbaNova Univ Ctr, Oskar Klein Ctr Cosmoparticle Phys, S-10691 Stockholm, Sweden..
    Ryde, Felix
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics, Particle and Astroparticle Physics. AlbaNova Univ Ctr, Oskar Klein Ctr Cosmoparticle Phys, S-10691 Stockholm, Sweden..
    Stana, Theodor-Adrian
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics, Particle and Astroparticle Physics.
    Takahashi, H.
    Hiroshima Univ, Dept Phys Sci, Hiroshima 7398526, Japan..
    Xie, Fei
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics, Particle and Astroparticle Physics. AlbaNova Univ Ctr, Oskar Klein Ctr Cosmoparticle Phys, S-10691 Stockholm, Sweden..
    Science prospects for SPHiNX - A small satellite GRB polarimetry mission2019In: Astroparticle physics, ISSN 0927-6505, E-ISSN 1873-2852, Vol. 104, p. 54-63Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are exceptionally bright electromagnetic events occurring daily on the sky. The prompt emission is dominated by X-/gamma-rays. Since their discovery over 50 years ago, GRBs are primarily studied through spectral and temporal measurements. The properties of the emission jets and underlying processes are not well understood. A promising way forward is the development of missions capable of characterising the linear polarisation of the high-energy emission. For this reason, the SPHiNX mission has been developed for a small-satellite platform. The polarisation properties of incident high-energy radiation (50-600 keV) are determined by reconstructing Compton scattering interactions in a segmented array of plastic and Gd3Al2Ga3O12(Ce) (GAGG(Ce)) scintillators. During a two-year mission, similar to 200 GRBs will be observed, with similar to 50 yielding measurements where the polarisation fraction is determined with a relative error <= 10%. This is a significant improvement compared to contemporary missions. This performance, combined with the ability to reconstruct GRB localisation and spectral properties, will allow discrimination between leading classes of emission models.

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