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Name 065163
Title Thermal Emission or Charge Exchange from the North Polar Spur


DOI https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-agj074g
Author Dr Dimitra Koutroumpa
Description We propose a coupled observation of the North Polar Spur (NPS) and a nearby
off-spur region in order to determine whether the soft X-ray spectrum of the NPS
is solely produced by hot plasma thermal emission, or whether some fraction of
the emission is produced by charge exchange (CX) collisions between neutral
particles and ions within the hot gas envelope of the Loop I/NPS superbubble.
Our goal is to confirm and measure the shift in energy of the He-like O VII and
Ne IX triplet centroids measured at low significance in previous observations of
the NPS with XMM-Newton and Suzaku. These shifts are predicted by the CX
emission models but not in thermal emission models. We request the new ON/OFF
observations of the NPS in order to avoid large spatial variations of the cosmic background
Publication No observations found associated with the current proposal
Instrument EMOS1, EMOS2, EPN, OM, RGS1, RGS2
Temporal Coverage 2011-02-19T11:49:58Z/2011-03-27T18:52:33Z
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 2012-04-12T00:00:00Z
Publisher And Registrant European Space Agency
Credit Guidelines European Space Agency, Dr Dimitra Koutroumpa, 2012, 065163, 17.56_20190403_1200, European Space Agency, https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-agj074g