|Title||XMM and NuSTAR Observations of a New Population of Heavily Obscured AGN|
|Author||Dr Michael Koss|
|Description||We propose XMM-Newton observations of 6 AGN (5 jointly with NuSTAR) newly detected in the Swift-BAT all-sky maps using a weighting scheme optimized to detect nearby, heavily obscured, Compton-thick AGN. These are among the brightest examples of reflection-dominated AGN available across the sky, providing the best targets for detailed study. The proposed sensitive, broadband X-ray observations will allow us to confirm their reflection-dominated nature, study the iron line morphology (XMM), and constrain the absorbing column and reflection (XMM+NuSTAR). The shape of the X-ray background requires a significant population of heavily obscured AGN and this flux-limited sample will improve our understanding of this important population by providing detailed study of some of the nearest examples.|
|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, 2017-05-11T22:00:00Z, 076292, 17.56_20190403_1200. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-vme7pip|