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Polarization studies with NuSTAR

Lotti, Simone and Natalucci, Lorenzo and Giommi, Paolo and Grefenstette, B. and Harrison, Fiona A. and Madsen, Kristin K. and Perri, Matteo and Puccetti, Simonetta and Zoglauer, A. (2012) Polarization studies with NuSTAR. In: Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray. Proceedings of SPIE. No.8443. Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 84434X. ISBN 9780819491442.

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The capability of NuSTAR to detect polarization in the Compton scattering regime (>50 keV) has been investigated. The NuSTAR mission, flown on June 2012 a Low Earth Orbit (LEO), provides a unique possibility to confirm the findings of INTEGRAL on the polarization of cosmic sources in the hard X-rays. Each of the two focal plane detectors are high resolution pixellated CZT arrays, sensitive in the energy range ~ 3 - 80 keV. These units have intrinsic polarization capabilities when the proper information on the double events is transmitted on ground. In this case it will be possible to detect polarization from bright sources on timescales of the order of 10^5 s.

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Lotti, Simone0000-0002-3088-1561
Natalucci, Lorenzo0000-0002-6601-9543
Grefenstette, B.0000-0002-1984-2932
Harrison, Fiona A.0000-0003-2992-8024
Madsen, Kristin K.0000-0003-1252-4891
Puccetti, Simonetta0000-0002-2734-7835
Zoglauer, A.0000-0001-9067-3150
Additional Information:© 2012 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE).
Group:NuSTAR, Space Radiation Laboratory
Subject Keywords:X-ray, polarization, NuSTAR, Compton Polarimetry, CdZnTe detectors, Geant4, Monte Carlo simulations
Series Name:Proceedings of SPIE
Issue or Number:8443
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20161025-153052262
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Official Citation:Simone Lotti ; Lorenzo Natalucci ; Paolo Giommi ; B. Grefenstette ; Fiona A. Harrison ; Kristin K. Madsen ; Matteo Perri ; Simonetta Puccetti and A. Zoglauer " Polarization studies with NuSTAR ", Proc. SPIE 8443, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 84434X (September 7, 2012); doi:10.1117/12.925989;
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