|Target-of-Opportunity XMM and NuSTAR Observations of Magnetars in Outburst
|Prof Victoria Kaspi
|Magnetars are highly magnetized young neutron stars that are powered by the decay of their enormous magnetic fields. Magnetars exhibit dramatic variability including major outbursts -- a hallmark of their emission. These outbursts allow us to probe the extreme physics at works in the Universe.s largest known magnetic fields. Understanding the evolution of these outbursts will place stringent constraints on physical models of magnetars, including their crusts, atmospheres, coronae, and magnetospheres. In this proposal, we request XMM EPIC and NuSTAR Target-of-Opportunity observations of a major magnetar outburst in AO-14 in order to constrain the detailed physics of magnetars.
|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, 2018, 076203, 17.56_20190403_1200. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-vnxyzu2