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Thomson X-ray Polarimeter for a Small Satellite Mission

  • Rishin, P.V.
  • Paul, Biswajit
  • Maitra, Chandreyee
  • Gopalakrishna, M.R.
  • Duraichelvan, R.
  • Ateequlla, C.M.
  • Cowsik, Ramanath
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2010
Raman Research Institute Digital Repository
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We will describe a Thomson X-ray polarimeter developed for a small satellite mission. The instrument works in the 5-30 keV band and will be suitable for X-ray polarisation measurement in about 50 hard X-ray sources. The accretion powered X-ray pulsars, black hole X-ray binaries, rotation powered pulsars and non-thermal SNR will be the prime targets for this mission. In spite of its moderate sensitivity, this experiment can give us unique opportunity to expand the field of X-ray astronomy into a hitherto unexplored dimension.

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