Quick, cheap, and beautiful x-ray polarimeter

Martin C. Weisskopf, Ronald F. Elsner, Marshall K. Joy, Stephen L. O'Dell, Brian D. Ramsey, Gordon P. Garmire, Peter Meszaros, Rashid Sunyaev

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The use of x-ray polarimeters for the study of cosmic sources has been severely limited by the lack of launch opportunities. Thus far, the most significant x-ray-polarimetry experiment was performed by a device aboard the Orbiting Solar Observatory (OSO)-8 satellite in the 1970s. The next polarimetry experiment will be the Stellar X-Ray Polarimeter (SXRP), to be flown on the Russian Spectrum-X satellite in the next few years. Here we describe a simple experiment designed as a dedicated x-ray-polarimetry mission to operate in the 10 - 20 keV band and to complement scientifically the SXRP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
PublisherSociety of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)081941607X
StatePublished - Dec 1 1994
EventX-Ray and Ultraviolet Spectroscopy and Polarimetry - San Diego, CA, USA
Duration: Jul 28 1994Jul 29 1994

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherX-Ray and Ultraviolet Spectroscopy and Polarimetry
CitySan Diego, CA, USA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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