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XIPE: The X-ray imaging polarimetry explorer

  • Author(s): Soffitta, P
  • Bellazzini, R
  • Bozzo, E
  • Burwitz, V
  • Castro-Tirado, AJ
  • Costa, E
  • Courvoisier, T
  • Feng, H
  • Gburek, S
  • Goosmann, R
  • Karas, V
  • Matt, G
  • Muleri, F
  • Nandra, K
  • Pearce, M
  • Poutanen, J
  • Reglero, V
  • Sabau Maria, D
  • Santangelo, A
  • Tagliaferri, G
  • Tenzer, C
  • Vink, J
  • Weisskopf, MC
  • Zane, S
  • Agudo, I
  • Antonelli, A
  • Attina, P
  • Baldini, L
  • Bykov, A
  • Carpentiero, R
  • Cavazzuti, E
  • Churazov, E
  • Del Monte, E
  • De Martino, D
  • Donnarumma, I
  • Doroshenko, V
  • Evangelista, Y
  • Ferreira, I
  • Gallo, E
  • Grosso, N
  • Kaaret, P
  • Kuulkers, E
  • Laranaga, J
  • Latronico, L
  • Lumb, DH
  • Macian, J
  • Malzac, J
  • Marin, F
  • Massaro, E
  • Minuti, M
  • Mundell, C
  • Ness, JU
  • Oosterbroek, T
  • Paltani, S
  • Pareschi, G
  • Perna, R
  • Petrucci, PO
  • Pinazo, HB
  • Pinchera, M
  • Rodriguez, JP
  • Roncadelli, M
  • Santovincenzo, A
  • Sazonov, S
  • Sgro, C
  • Spiga, D
  • Svoboda, J
  • Theobald, C
  • Theodorou, T
  • Turolla, R
  • Wilhelmi De Ona, E
  • Winter, B
  • Akbar, AM
  • Allan, H
  • Aloisio, R
  • Altamirano, D
  • Amati, L
  • Amato, E
  • Angelakis, E
  • Arezu, J
  • Atteia, JL
  • Axelsson, M
  • Bachetti, M
  • Ballo, L
  • Balman, S
  • Bandiera, R
  • Barcons, X
  • Basso, S
  • Baykal, A
  • Becker, W
  • Behar, E
  • Beheshtipour, B
  • Belmont, R
  • Berger, E
  • Bernardini, F
  • Bianchi, S
  • Bisnovatyi-Kogan, G
  • Blasi, P
  • Blay, P
  • et al.
Abstract

© 2016 SPIE. 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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