|Measuring the Magnetic Field and Relativistic Particles in Relic Radio Galaxies
|Prof Fiona Harrison
|We propose XMM observations of four relic radio galaxies, with the goal of detecting inverse Compton scattered microwave background radiation. Detection of this emission would yield both a measurement of the relativistic electron density and the magnetic field, directly testing assumptions of equipartition, and providing a unique probe of conditions in the surrounding IGM. XMM.s high sensitivity and broad bandpass are ideally suited to these observations. Non-detection by XMM would imply extreme departures of the particles and fields from equipartition, itself a surprising and important result.
|No observations found associated with the current proposal
|EMOS1, EMOS2, EPN, OM, RGS1, RGS2
|The European Space Agency's (ESA) X-ray Multi-Mirror Mission (XMM-Newton) was launched by an Ariane 504 on December 10th 1999. XMM-Newton is ESA's second cornerstone of the Horizon 2000 Science Programme. It carries 3 high throughput X-ray telescopes with an unprecedented effective area, and an optical monitor, the first flown on a X-ray observatory. The large collecting area and ability to make long uninterrupted exposures provide highly sensitive observations.
Since Earth's atmosphere blocks out all X-rays, only a telescope in space can detect and study celestial X-ray sources. The XMM-Newton mission is helping scientists to solve a number of cosmic mysteries, ranging from the enigmatic black holes to the origins of the Universe itself. Observing time on XMM-Newton is being made available to the scientific community, applying for observational periods on a competitive basis.
|Publisher And Registrant
|European Space Agency
|European Space Agency, 2004, 005894, 17.56_20190403_1200. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-xmnj0ll