|Title||A Major Outburst from AXP 1E 1547-5407|
|Author||Prof Victoria Kaspi|
|Description||On October 3 (one week before this proposal was due!), AXP 1E 1547-5408 went into outburst, as detected by Swift and Fermi, and subsequently RXTE and CXO. Such AXP outbursts are rare yet are crucial to study as they have the potential to greatly constrain the physics of magnetars, and possibly neutron star structure. Here we propose XMM observations of 1E 1547-5408 as it fades back to quiescence, in order to test models of magnetar post-outburst relaxation. Specifically, we request 2 EPIC observations roughly 6 months apart in Cycle 8, to determine the functional form of the flux decay, as well as the spectral evolution.|
|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, 2011-03-10T00:00:00Z, 060488, 17.56_20190403_1200. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-jabn65u|