IXPE, the Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer, is a NASA SMEX mission with an important contribution of ASI that will be launched with a Falcon 9 in 2021 and will reopen the window of X-ray polarimetry after more than 40 years. The payload features three identical telescopes each one hosting one light-weight X-ray mirror fabricated by MSFC and one detector unit with its in-orbit calibration system and the Gas Pixel Detector sensitive to imaging X-ray polarization fabricated by INAF/IAPS, INFN and OHB Italy. The focal length after boom deployment from ATK-Orbital is 4 m, while the spacecraft is being fabricated by Ball Aerospace. The sensitivity will be better than 5.5% in 300 ks for a 1E-11 erg/s/cm2 (half mCrab) in the energy band of 2-8 keV allowing for sensitive polarimetry of extended and point-like X-ray sources. The focal plane instrument is completed, calibrated and it is going to be delivered at MSFC. We will present the status of the mission at about one year from the launch.

The Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE): technical overview III / Soffitta, Paolo; Attina', Primo; Baldini, Luca; Barbanera, Mattia; Baumgartner, Wayne H.; Bellazzini, Ronaldo; Bladt, Jeff; Bongiorno, Stephen D.; Brez, Alessandro; Castellano, Simone; Carpentiero, Rita; Castronuovo, Marco; Cavalli, Luca; Cavazzuti, Elisabetta; D' Amico, Fabio; Citraro, Saverio; Costa, Enrico; Deininger, William D.; D' Alba, Elisa; Del Monte, Ettore; Diets, Kutis L.; Di Lalla, Niccolo'; Di Marco, Alessandro; Di Persio, Guseppe; Donnarumma, Immacolata; Elsner, Ronald F.; Fabiani, Sergio; Ferrazzoli, Riccardo; Guy, Larry; Kalinowski, William; Kolodziejczak, Jeffery; Latronico, Luca; Lefevre, Carlo; Lorenzi, Paolo; Lucchesi, Leonardo; Maldera, Simone; Manfreda, Alberto; Mangraviti, Elio; Marshall, Herman L.; Masciarelli, James; Matt, Giorgio; Minuti, Massimo; Muleri, Fabio; Nasimi, Hikmat; Negri, Barbara; Nuti, Alessio; Orsini, Leonardo; Osborne, Darren; Pilia, Maura; Perri, Matteo; Pesce-Rollins, Melissa; Peterson, Colin; Pinchera, Michele; Puccetti, Simonetta; Ramsey, Brian; Ratheesh, Ajay; Romani, Roger W.; Sarra, Paolo; Santoli, Francesco; Sciortino, Andrea; Sgro', Carmelo; Smith, Brian T.; Spandre, Gloria; Tennant, Allyn F.; Tobia, Antonino; Trois, Alessio; Vimercati, Marco; Wedmnore, Jeffrey; Weisskopf, Martin C.; Xie, Fei; Zanetti, Francesco; Alexander, Cheryl; Allen, D. Zachery; Amici, Fabrizio; Antonelli, L. Angelo; Antoniak, Spencer; Bachetti, Matteo; Bonino, Raffaella; Borotto, Fabio; Breeding, Shawn; Brienza, Daniele; Bygott, H. Kyle; Cardelli, Claudia; Ceccanti, Marco; Centrone, Mauro; Evangelista, Yuri; Ferrie, Mackenzie; Forsyth, Brent; Foster, Michele; Gurnee, Eli; Hibbard, Grant; Johnson, Sandra R.; Kelly, Erik; Kilaru, Kiranmayee; La Monaca, Fabio; Le Roy, Shelley; Loffredo, Pasqualino; Magazzu', Guido; Marengo, Marco; Marrocchesi, Alessandra; Massaro, Francesco; Morbidini, Alfredo; Mccracken, Jeffrey; Mceachen, Michael; Mereu, Paolo; Mitchell, Scott; Mitsuishi, Ikuyuki; Mosti, Federico; Nigro, Michela; Nuti, Alessio; Oppedisano, Chiara; Pacheco, Richard; Paggi, Alessandro; Pavelitz, Steven D.; Pentz, Cristina; Piazzolla, Raffaele; Porter, Brad; Profeti, Alessandro; Ranganathan, Jaganathan; Rankin, John; Root, Noah; Rubini, Alda; Ruswick, Stephanie; Sanchez, Javier; Scalise, Emanuele; Schindhelm, Sara; Speegle, Chet O.; Tamagawa, Toru; Tardiola, Marcello; Walden, Amy L.; Weddendorf, Bruce; Welch, David; Head, Michael; Gray, Stuart; Mize, Rondal; O'Dell, Stephen L.; Schroeder, Christopher; Thomas, Nicholas E.; Bagget, Randy M.; Dolan, David; Ferrant, Kevin; Footdale, Joseph; Garelick, Benjamin; Johnson, Samantha; Seek, Timothy. - (2020), p. 245. (Intervento presentato al convegno Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2020: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray; tenutosi a Online) [10.1117/12.2567001].

The Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE): technical overview III

Ferrazzoli, Riccardo;Ratheesh, Ajay;Rankin, John;
2020

Abstract

IXPE, the Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer, is a NASA SMEX mission with an important contribution of ASI that will be launched with a Falcon 9 in 2021 and will reopen the window of X-ray polarimetry after more than 40 years. The payload features three identical telescopes each one hosting one light-weight X-ray mirror fabricated by MSFC and one detector unit with its in-orbit calibration system and the Gas Pixel Detector sensitive to imaging X-ray polarization fabricated by INAF/IAPS, INFN and OHB Italy. The focal length after boom deployment from ATK-Orbital is 4 m, while the spacecraft is being fabricated by Ball Aerospace. The sensitivity will be better than 5.5% in 300 ks for a 1E-11 erg/s/cm2 (half mCrab) in the energy band of 2-8 keV allowing for sensitive polarimetry of extended and point-like X-ray sources. The focal plane instrument is completed, calibrated and it is going to be delivered at MSFC. We will present the status of the mission at about one year from the launch.
2020
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2020: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray;
X-ray, Polarimetry, Astrophysics, Optics, Gas Pixel Detector
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The Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE): technical overview III / Soffitta, Paolo; Attina', Primo; Baldini, Luca; Barbanera, Mattia; Baumgartner, Wayne H.; Bellazzini, Ronaldo; Bladt, Jeff; Bongiorno, Stephen D.; Brez, Alessandro; Castellano, Simone; Carpentiero, Rita; Castronuovo, Marco; Cavalli, Luca; Cavazzuti, Elisabetta; D' Amico, Fabio; Citraro, Saverio; Costa, Enrico; Deininger, William D.; D' Alba, Elisa; Del Monte, Ettore; Diets, Kutis L.; Di Lalla, Niccolo'; Di Marco, Alessandro; Di Persio, Guseppe; Donnarumma, Immacolata; Elsner, Ronald F.; Fabiani, Sergio; Ferrazzoli, Riccardo; Guy, Larry; Kalinowski, William; Kolodziejczak, Jeffery; Latronico, Luca; Lefevre, Carlo; Lorenzi, Paolo; Lucchesi, Leonardo; Maldera, Simone; Manfreda, Alberto; Mangraviti, Elio; Marshall, Herman L.; Masciarelli, James; Matt, Giorgio; Minuti, Massimo; Muleri, Fabio; Nasimi, Hikmat; Negri, Barbara; Nuti, Alessio; Orsini, Leonardo; Osborne, Darren; Pilia, Maura; Perri, Matteo; Pesce-Rollins, Melissa; Peterson, Colin; Pinchera, Michele; Puccetti, Simonetta; Ramsey, Brian; Ratheesh, Ajay; Romani, Roger W.; Sarra, Paolo; Santoli, Francesco; Sciortino, Andrea; Sgro', Carmelo; Smith, Brian T.; Spandre, Gloria; Tennant, Allyn F.; Tobia, Antonino; Trois, Alessio; Vimercati, Marco; Wedmnore, Jeffrey; Weisskopf, Martin C.; Xie, Fei; Zanetti, Francesco; Alexander, Cheryl; Allen, D. Zachery; Amici, Fabrizio; Antonelli, L. Angelo; Antoniak, Spencer; Bachetti, Matteo; Bonino, Raffaella; Borotto, Fabio; Breeding, Shawn; Brienza, Daniele; Bygott, H. Kyle; Cardelli, Claudia; Ceccanti, Marco; Centrone, Mauro; Evangelista, Yuri; Ferrie, Mackenzie; Forsyth, Brent; Foster, Michele; Gurnee, Eli; Hibbard, Grant; Johnson, Sandra R.; Kelly, Erik; Kilaru, Kiranmayee; La Monaca, Fabio; Le Roy, Shelley; Loffredo, Pasqualino; Magazzu', Guido; Marengo, Marco; Marrocchesi, Alessandra; Massaro, Francesco; Morbidini, Alfredo; Mccracken, Jeffrey; Mceachen, Michael; Mereu, Paolo; Mitchell, Scott; Mitsuishi, Ikuyuki; Mosti, Federico; Nigro, Michela; Nuti, Alessio; Oppedisano, Chiara; Pacheco, Richard; Paggi, Alessandro; Pavelitz, Steven D.; Pentz, Cristina; Piazzolla, Raffaele; Porter, Brad; Profeti, Alessandro; Ranganathan, Jaganathan; Rankin, John; Root, Noah; Rubini, Alda; Ruswick, Stephanie; Sanchez, Javier; Scalise, Emanuele; Schindhelm, Sara; Speegle, Chet O.; Tamagawa, Toru; Tardiola, Marcello; Walden, Amy L.; Weddendorf, Bruce; Welch, David; Head, Michael; Gray, Stuart; Mize, Rondal; O'Dell, Stephen L.; Schroeder, Christopher; Thomas, Nicholas E.; Bagget, Randy M.; Dolan, David; Ferrant, Kevin; Footdale, Joseph; Garelick, Benjamin; Johnson, Samantha; Seek, Timothy. - (2020), p. 245. (Intervento presentato al convegno Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2020: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray; tenutosi a Online) [10.1117/12.2567001].
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