NHXM: a New Hard X-ray Imaging and Polarimetric Mission
Tagliaferri, Gianpiero ; Argan, Andrea ; Bellazzini, Ronaldo ; ...Cavazzuti, Elisabetta ; ...Giommi, Paolo ; ...Negri, Barbara ; et al.
Jul - 2010
DOI: 10.1117/12.857032

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Abstract
The Italian New Hard X-ray Mission (NHXM) has been designed to provide a real breakthrough on a number of hot astrophysical issues that includes: black holes census, the physics of accre-tion, the particle acceleration mechanisms, the effects of radiative transfer in highly magnetized plasmas and strong gravitational fields. To this end NHXM combines fine imaging capability and high sensitivity over a very large X-ray energy band, from 0.5 up to 80 keV, with simulta-neous sensitive photoelectric imaging polarimetry. Therefore, it will provide crucial insights on the topics that are at the base of this meeting. In this presentation we will provide an overall description of this mission that is currently in phase B.

keywords : Cameras,Hard x-rays,Imaging spectroscopy,Mirrors,Orbital dynamics,Particles,Physics,Plasmas,Polarimetry,Radiative transfer,Telescopes,X-ray imaging