|Title||Search for X-ray binary pulsars in the SMC|
|Author||Dr Frank Haberl|
|Description||The high throughput of the XMM-Newton telescopes together with the unique properties of the EPIC detectors (good time resolution over the full field of view and wide energy range) are ideally suited to detect pulsations from faint X-ray sources. We propose to search for new pulsars in observations of 7 SMC fields which are known to contain several X-ray binary (XRB) candidates. We will determine the energy dependence of pulse profiles, characterize pulsars by their spectrum and optically identify them, using OM data and optical follow up observations. The results will help to further investigate the difference in the XRB populations of SMC and LMC-Milky Way.|
|Publication||No observations found associated with the current proposal|
|Instrument||EMOS1, EMOS2, EPN, OM, RGS1, RGS2|
|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.
|Publisher And Registrant||European Space Agency|
|Credit Guidelines||European Space Agency, 2008-07-07T00:00:00Z, 050098, 17.56_20190403_1200. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-gqa5osf|