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Galaxies 2018, 6(2), 54; https://doi.org/10.3390/galaxies6020054

Instrumentation and Future Missions in the Upcoming Era of X-ray Polarimetry

INAF-IAPS, via del Fosso del Cavaliere 100, 00133 Rome, Italy
Received: 31 January 2018 / Revised: 11 April 2018 / Accepted: 12 April 2018 / Published: 11 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Bright Future of Astronomical X-ray Polarimetry)
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The maturity of current detectors based on technologies that range from solid state to gases renewed the interest for X-ray polarimetry, raising the enthusiasm of a wide scientific community to improve the performance of polarimeters as well as to produce more detailed theoretical predictions. We will introduce the basic concepts about measuring the polarization of photons, especially in the X-rays, and we will review the current state of the art of polarimeters in a wide energy range from soft to hard X-rays, from solar flares to distant astrophysical sources. We will introduce relevant examples of polarimeters developed from the recent past up to the panorama of upcoming space missions to show how the recent development of the technology is allowing reopening the observational window of X-ray polarimetry. View Full-Text
Keywords: X-ray polarimetry; instrumentation; polarization X-ray polarimetry; instrumentation; polarization
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