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ICCUB SEMINAR – The Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE)

ICCUB SEMINAR - The Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE)
Start
04-17-2018 12:00
End
04-17-2018
Speaker
Giorgio Matt
Affiliation
Università degli Studi Roma Tre
Host
ICCUB - IEEC
Place
DAM Seminar Room (724), 7th floor
Location
UB
ABSTRACT

IXPE, the Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer, has been selected by NASA as the next mission in the Small Explorer Program, for a launch in early 2021. IXPE, a collaboration between NASA and ASI (the Italian Space Agency), will reopen, after a gap of more than 40 years, the X-ray polarimetric observing window.
In this seminar, the main characteristics of the mission and its scientific objectives will be described. While at present only one positive measurement, dating back to the 70s, is available (the Crab Nebula), IXPE will provide sensitive measurements on at least the brightest objects of all major classes of X-ray sources.
Contact email
kazushi.iwasawa(a)icc.ub.edu