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Name 082083
Title X-ray reflection and microlensing in the lensed quasar RX J1131-1231


DOI https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-cs5yr2d
Author Dr Emanuele Nardini
Description We propose to perform a simultaneous observation with XMM-Newton (130 ks) and NuSTAR (75 ks) of the lensed quasar RX J1131-1231. The flux magnification makes it possible to study in detail the central regions of a quasar at moderate redshift (z=0.658). The existing X-ray data reveal the presence of strong reflection features in RX J1131-1231, suggesting a rapid rotation of the central black hole. The new broadband observations proposed here will probe for the first time the hard X-ray emission of the source, allowing us to witness the behaviour of the broadband X-ray spectrum in response to the frequent microlensing events. RX J1131-1231 provides the unique opportunity of measuring the spin of the black hole employing two independent methods: reflection and microlensing.
Publication No observations found associated with the current proposal
Instrument EMOS1, EMOS2, EPN, OM, RGS1, RGS2
Temporal Coverage 2018-06-06T20:05:19Z/2018-06-08T11:21:59Z
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 2019-07-03T22:00:00Z
Publisher And Registrant European Space Agency
Credit Guidelines European Space Agency, 2019-07-03T22:00:00Z, 082083, 17.56_20190403_1200. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-cs5yr2d