X-ray Polarimetry: A New Window in Astrophysics

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  • Copyright: 2010-08-23
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Due to the advent of a new generation of detectors, X-ray polarimetry promises to join X-ray imaging, spectroscopy and timing as one of the main observational techniques in high energy astrophysics. This has renewed interest in the field, and indeed several polarimetric missions have recently been proposed. This volume provides a complete and up-to-date view of the subject for researchers in astrophysics. The contributors discuss the present status and perspectives of instruments, review current theoretical models, and examine future missions. As well as detailed papers, the book contains broad reviews that can be easily understood by astrophysicists new to the field.

Table of Contents

X-ray polarimetry: historical remarks and other considerations
Polarimetry Techniques:
Scattering polarimetry in high energy astronomy
Photoelectric polarimeters
Bragg crystal polarimeters
X-ray polarimetry with the photon counting pixel detector timepix
HE polarized photon interactions with matter: simulations with geant4
The GPD as a polarimeter: theory and facts
Ideal gas electron multipliers (GEMs) for x-ray polarimeters
Broad-band soft x-ray polarimetry
Feasibility of x-ray photoelectric polarimeters with large field of view
Angular resolution of a photoelectric polarimeter
Development of a Thomson x-ray polarimeter
Hard x / soft gamma ray polarimetry using a Laue lens
Polarized Emission in X-ray Sources:
Probing strong gravity effects with x-ray polarimetry
X-ray polarization from black holes in the thermal state
Strong-gravity effects acting on polarization from orbiting spots
Polarization of thermal emission from accreting black holes
X-ray polarimetry and radio-quiet AGN
The soft x-ray polarization in obscured AGN
The polarization of complex x-ray sources
Polarization of Compton x-rays from jets in AGN
Polarization of x-ray lines from galaxy clusters and elliptical galaxies
Polarization characteristics of rotation-powered pulsars
Polarized x-rays from magnetized neutron stars
Polarization properties of x-ray millisecond pulsars
X-ray polarization signatures of neutron stars
Polarization from the oscillating magnetized accretion torus
X-ray polarization from accreting white dwarfs and associated systems
Polarization of pulsar wind nebulae
X-ray polarization of gamma-ray bursts
Central engine afterglow from GRBs and the polarization signature
GRB afterglow polarimetry. Past, present and future
Gamma-ray polarimetry with SPI
INTEGRAL/IBIS observations of the Crab Nebula and GRB 041219A
Fermi results on the origin of high energy emission in pulsars
Diagnostics of the evolution of spiral galaxies in a cluster environment
Future Missions:
Gravity and extreme magnetism SMEX (GEMS)
Programs of x-ray polarimetry in Italy
A polarimeter for IXO
Polarimetry with ASTRO-H soft gamma-ray detector
EXIST and its polarization sensitivity
PoGOLite: a balloon-borne soft gamma-ray polarimeter
Studies of neutron background rejection in the PoGOLite polarimeter
Observing polarized x-rays with PoGOLite
Pre-flight qualification tests of the PoGOLite detector system
The gamma-ray polarimeter experiment (GRAPE) Balloon Payload
POLAR: an instrument dedicated to GRB polarization measurement
Polarisation detection capability of GRIPS
X-ray and y-ray polarimetry small satellite mission polaris
GAP aboard the solar powered sail mission
Hard x-ray polarimeter for small satellite missions
Performance of hard x-ray polarimeter: PHENEX
GRB polarimetry with POET
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