The Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) at last!

Paolo Soffitta, Luca Baldini, Wayne Baumgartner, Ronaldo Bellazzini, Stephen D. Bongiorno, Niccolò Bucciantini, Enrico Costa, Michal Dovčiak, Steven Ehlert, Philip E. Kaaret, Jeffery J. Kolodziejczak, Luca Latronico, Frédéric Marin, Alan P. Marscher, Herman L. Marshall, Giorgio Matt, Fabio Muleri, Stephen L. O’Dell, Juri Poutanen, Brian RamseyRoger W. Romani, Patrick Slane, Allyn F. Tennant, Roberto Turolla, Martin C. Weisskopf, Iván Agudo, Lucio Angelo Antonelli, Matteo Bachetti, Stefano Bianchi, Raffaella Bonino, Alessandro Brez, Fiamma Capitanio, Simone Castellano, Elisabetta Cavazzuti, Chiel Ting Chen, Stefano Ciprini, Alessandra De Rosa, Ettore Del Monte, Laura Di Gesu, Niccolò Di Lalla, Alessandro Di Marco, Immacolata Donnarumma, Victor Doroshenko, Teruaki Enoto, Yuri Evangelista, Sergio Fabiani, Riccardo Ferrazzoli, Javier A. Garcia, Shuichi Gunji, Kiyoshi Hayashida, Jeremy Heyl, Wataru Iwakiri, Svetlana G. Jorstad, Vladimir Karas, Fabian Kislat, Takao Kitaguchi, Henric Krawczynski, Fabio La Monaca, Ioannis Liodakis, Simone Maldera, Alberto Manfreda, Andrea Marinucci, Francesco Massaro, Ikuyuki Mitsuishi, Tsunefumi Mizuno, Michela Negro, C. Y. Ng, Nicola Omodei, Chiara Oppedisano, Alessandro Papitto, George G. Pavlov, Abel Lawrence Peirson, Matteo Perri, Melissa Pesce-Rollins, Pierre Olivier Petrucci, Maura Pilia, Andrea Possenti, Simonetta Puccetti, John Rankin, Ajay Ratheesh, Oliver J. Roberts, Carmelo Sgrò, Gloria Spandre, Douglas A. Swartz, Toru Tamagawa, Fabrizio Tavecchio, Roberto Taverna, Yuzuru Tawara, Nicholas E. Thomas, Francesco Tombesi, Alessio Trois, Sergey S. Tsygankov, Jacco Vink, Kinwah Wu, Fei Xie, Silvia Zane

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Abstract

IXPE, the first observatory dedicated to imaging X-ray polarimetry, was launched on Dec 9, 2021 and is operating successfully. A partnership between NASA and the Italian Space Agencey (ASI) IXPE features three X-ray telescopes each comprised of a mirror module assembly with a polarization sensitive detector at its focus. An extending boom was deployed on orbit to provide the necessary 4 m focal length. A 3-axis-stabilized spacecraft provides power, attitude determination and control, and commanding. After one year of observation IXPE has measured statistically-significant polarization from almost all the classes of celestial sources that emit X-rays. In the following we describe the IXPE mission, reporting on its performance after 1.5 year of operations. We show the main astrophysical results which are outstanding for a SMEX mission.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XXIII
EditorsOswald H. Siegmund, Keri Hoadley
PublisherSPIE
ISBN (Electronic)9781510665705
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023
EventUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XXIII 2023 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Aug 20 2023Aug 22 2023

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume12678
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X

Conference

ConferenceUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XXIII 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period8/20/238/22/23

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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