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Name 074421
Title X-raying the brightest black widow system.


DOI https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-6ceksf0
Author Dr Andrea De Luca
Description The Fermi mission unveiled a large population of MSP pulsar in the Galactic field. A surprising, high fraction of such sources is in very compact binary systems, the so-called (and poorly understood) Black Widows (BW) and Redbacks (RB). PSR J1311-3430 is one of the most interesting MSPs discovered by Fermi. It is an extreme BW system with a number of peculiarities that make it a unique laboratory in order to study irradiation-driven processes ruling evolution of MSP systems. In view of the very bright X-ray counterpart, the unique, complementary capabilities of the EPIC cameras will allow to get an unprecedented view of the phenomenology of a Black widow system.
Publication No observations found associated with the current proposal
Instrument EMOS1, EMOS2, EPN, OM, RGS1, RGS2
Temporal Coverage 2014-08-02T20:25:48Z/2014-08-04T11:53:21Z
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 2015-08-25T22:00:00Z
Publisher And Registrant European Space Agency
Credit Guidelines European Space Agency, 2015-08-25T22:00:00Z, 074421, PPS_NOT_AVAILABLE. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-6ceksf0