XIPE: The X-ray imaging polarimetry explorer

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016
Subtitle of host publicationUltraviolet to Gamma Ray
EditorsJan-Willem A den Herder, Tadayuki Takahashi , Marshall Bautz
Place of PublicationBellingham Washington USA
PublisherSPIE
Number of pages20
Volume9905
ISBN (Electronic)9781510601901
ISBN (Print)9781510601895
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
EventConference on Space Telescopes and Instrumentation - Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray 2016 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 26 Jun 20161 Jul 2016
https://spie.org/Publications/Proceedings/Volume/9905

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
PublisherSPIE
Volume9905
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X

Conference

ConferenceConference on Space Telescopes and Instrumentation - Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray 2016
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityEdinburgh
Period26/06/161/07/16
OtherProceedings of SPIE
Volume Number: 9905 (3 parts)
Date Published: 23 September 2016
Softcover: 185 papers (2064) pages
ISBN: 9781510601895
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Keywords

  • Gas Pixel Detector
  • Polarimetry
  • X-ray Astronomy
  • X-ray optics

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