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XIPE the X-ray Imaging Polarimetry Explorer

Soffitta, P. and Fuerst, Felix (2016) XIPE the X-ray Imaging Polarimetry Explorer. In: Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray. Proceedings of SPIE. No.9905. Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 990515 . ISBN 978-1-5106-0189-5.

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XIPE, the X-ray Imaging Polarimetry Explorer, is a mission dedicated to X-ray Astronomy. At the time of writing XIPE is in a competitive phase A as fourth medium size mission of ESA (M4). It promises to reopen the polarimetry window in high energy Astrophysics after more than 4 decades thanks to a detector that efficiently exploits the photoelectric effect and to X-ray optics with large effective area. XIPE uniqueness is time-spectrally-spatially- resolved X-ray polarimetry as a breakthrough in high energy astrophysics and fundamental physics. Indeed the payload consists of three Gas Pixel Detectors at the focus of three X-ray optics with a total effective area larger than one XMM mirror but with a low weight. The payload is compatible with the fairing of the Vega launcher. XIPE is designed as an observatory for X-ray astronomers with 75 % of the time dedicated to a Guest Observer competitive program and it is organized as a consortium across Europe with main contributions from Italy, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom, Poland, Sweden.

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Additional Information:© 2016 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). XIPE is developed thanks to the support of ASI(IT), CNSA (CN), DLR (DE), SNPR&D&i(ES), SNSB(SE), SRC-PAS(PL), SSO(CH), UKSA(UK).
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Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI)UNSPECIFIED
China National Space AdministrationUNSPECIFIED
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)UNSPECIFIED
Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad (MINECO)UNSPECIFIED
Swedish National Space Board (SNSB)UNSPECIFIED
Space Research Centre (Poland)UNSPECIFIED
Swiss Space Office (SSO)UNSPECIFIED
United Kingdom Space Agency (UKSA)UNSPECIFIED
Subject Keywords:X-ray Astronomy, Polarimetry, X-ray optics, Gas Pixel Detector
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Issue or Number:9905
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Official Citation:P. Soffitta ; R. Bellazzini ; E. Bozzo ; V. Burwitz ; A. Castro-Tirado ; E. Costa ; T. Courvoisier ; H. Feng ; S. Gburek ; R. Goosmann ; V. Karas ; G. Matt ; F. Muleri ; K. Nandra ; M. Pearce ; J. Poutanen ; V. Reglero ; D. Sabau Maria ; A. Santangelo ; G. Tagliaferri ; C. Tenzer ; J. Vink ; M. C. Weisskopf ; S. Zane ; I. Agudo ; A. Antonelli ; P. Attina ; L. Baldini ; A. Bykov ; R. Carpentiero ; E. Cavazzuti ; E. Churazov ; E. Del Monte ; D. De Martino ; I. Donnarumma ; V. Doroshenko ; Y. Evangelista ; I. Ferreira ; E. Gallo ; N. Grosso ; P. Kaaret ; E. Kuulkers ; J. Laranaga ; L. Latronico ; D. H. Lumb ; J. Macian ; J. Malzac ; F. Marin ; E. Massaro ; M. Minuti ; C. Mundell ; J. U. Ness ; T. Oosterbroek ; S. Paltani ; G. Pareschi ; R. Perna ; P.-O. Petrucci ; H. B. Pinazo ; M. Pinchera ; J. P. Rodriguez ; M. Roncadelli ; A. Santovincenzo ; S. Sazonov ; C. Sgro ; D. Spiga ; J. Svoboda ; C. Theobald ; T. Theodorou ; R. Turolla ; E. Wilhelmi de Ona ; B. Winter ; A. M. Akbar ; H. Allan ; R. Aloisio ; D. Altamirano ; L. Amati ; E. Amato ; E. Angelakis ; J. Arezu ; J.-L. Atteia ; M. Axelsson ; M. Bachetti ; L. Ballo ; S. Balman ; R. Bandiera ; X. Barcons ; S. Basso ; A. Baykal ; W. Becker ; E. Behar ; B. Beheshtipour ; R. Belmont ; E. Berger ; F. Bernardini ; S. Bianchi ; G. Bisnovatyi-Kogan ; P. Blasi ; P. Blay ; A. Bodaghee ; M. Boer ; M. Boettcher ; S. Bogdanov ; I. Bombaci ; R. Bonino ; J. Braga ; W. Brandt ; A. Brez ; N. Bucciantini ; L. Burderi ; I. Caiazzo ; R. Campana ; S. Campana ; F. Capitanio ; M. Cappi ; M. Cardillo ; P. Casella ; O. Catmabacak ; B. Cenko ; P. Cerda-Duran ; C. Cerruti ; S. Chaty ; M. Chauvin ; Y. Chen ; J. Chenevez ; M. Chernyakova ; C. C. T. Cheung ; D. Christodoulou ; P. Connell ; R. Corbet ; F. Coti Zelati ; S. Covino ; W. Cui ; G. Cusumano ; A. D’Ai ; F. D’Ammando ; M. Dadina ; Z. Dai ; A. De Rosa ; L. de Ruvo ; N. Degenaar ; M. Del Santo ; L. Del Zanna ; G. Dewangan ; S. Di Cosimo ; N. Di Lalla ; G. Di Persio and T. Di Salvo " XIPE: the x-ray imaging polarimetry explorer ", Proc. SPIE 9905, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 990515 (July 18, 2016); doi:10.1117/12.2233046;
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