The Simbol-X Mission
Ferrando, P. ; Arnaud, M. ; Briel, U. ; ...Cavazzuti, E. ; ...Giommi, P. ; ...Piermaria, M. ; et al.
May - 2009
DOI: 10.1063/1.3149459
ISSN : 1551-7616 ; ISBN : doi:10.1063/1.3149459

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The elucidation of key questions in astrophysics, in particular those related to black hole physics and census, and to particle acceleration mechanisms, necessitates to develop new observational capabilities in the hard X‐ray domain with performances several orders of magnitude better than presently available. Relying on two spacecrafts in a formation flying configuration, Simbol‐X will provide the world‐wide astrophysics community with a single optics long focal length telescope. This observatory will have unrivaled performances in the hard X‐ray domain, up to ∼80  keV, as well as very good characteristics in the soft X‐ray domain, down to ∼0.5  keV . The Simbol‐X mission has successfully passed a phase A study, jointly conducted by CNES and ASI, with the participation of German laboratories. It is now entering phase B studies with the participation of new international partners, for a launch in 2015. We give in this paper a general overview of the mission, as consolidated at the start of phase B.

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