|Title||Prompt study of magnetar outbursts with XMM-Newton|
|Author||Dr Sandro Mereghetti|
|Description||Magnetars (AXPs and SGRs) go through long stretches of quiescence, interrupted by periods of activity, characterized by bursts and significant variability in flux, spectral shape, pulse shape, and pulsed fraction; they also exhibit glitches. Observations performed during, or immediately after such periods of high activity yield the largest amount of information, allowing to test the theoretical models on a variety of phenomena and source states. We propose a rapid ToO program aimed at gathering new physical insight on these sources, through the study of the very initial phases (within 10 days) of the outbursts of known or newly discovered magnetars.|
|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, 2011-10-01T00:00:00Z, 060585, 17.56_20190403_1200. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-kz83evc|