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Name 055200
Title XMM-Newton observations of very faint X-ray transients


DOI https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-b5ezv0p
Author Dr Rudy Wijnands
Description We propose 35 ksec observations during the outbursts of very-faint X-ray
transients, which are newly identified enigmatic transients which are
underluminous by orders of magnitude compared to the well known bright
transients. The nature of these objects is not clear but they likely harbor
transiently accreting compact objects (although some might be transient
magnetars or a type as yet unidentified). Our proposed observations will allow
us to study in detail the X-ray spectra of these sources as well as perform
detailed timing studies (e.g., to search for pulsations, dips/eclipses, bursts)
with which we can significantly improve our understanding of these systems.
Publication No observations found associated with the current proposal
Instrument EMOS1, EMOS2, EPN, OM, RGS1, RGS2
Temporal Coverage 2008-03-30T08:32:10Z/2008-03-31T01:58:20Z
Version 17.56_20190403_1200
Mission Description 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.
Creator Contact https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/xmm-newton/xmm-newton-helpdesk
Date Published 2009-06-05T00:00:00Z
Publisher And Registrant European Space Agency
Credit Guidelines European Space Agency, Dr Rudy Wijnands, 2009, 055200, 17.56_20190403_1200, European Space Agency, https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-b5ezv0p