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Name 080283
Title Finding Compton-thick AGN Among the Faintest Swift BAT Sources


DOI https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-to2716x
Author Dr Michael Koss
Description We propose short XMM-Newton observations of 8 sources newly detected in the deepest Swift-BAT 104- month stacked all-sky maps, but for which a Swift XRT observation has detected no X-ray counterpart. Our past studies of these faint BAT sources found some of the brightest examples of reflection-dominated AGN available across the sky with accretion rates several times higher than typical AGN that contribute significantly to black hole growth in the nearby universe. XMM-Newton is critical to identify these sources because of the factor of >10x higher sensitivity than Swift XRT combined with a very large FOV (28.4arcsec) to resolve any contributing sources associated with Swift BAT detection (FWHM=22.5arcmin).
Publication No observations found associated with the current proposal
Instrument EMOS1, EMOS2, EPN, OM, RGS1, RGS2
Temporal Coverage 2017-04-25T08:59:50Z/2018-03-29T07:29:53Z
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 2019-04-21T22:00:00Z
Publisher And Registrant European Space Agency
Credit Guidelines European Space Agency, 2019-04-21T22:00:00Z, 080283, 17.56_20190403_1200. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-to2716x