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Name 076292
Title XMM and NuSTAR Observations of a New Population of Heavily Obscured AGN


DOI https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-vme7pip
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
Temporal Coverage 2015-05-05T15:58:52Z/2016-04-11T11:29:04Z
Version 17.56_20190403_1200
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 2017-05-11T22:00:00Z
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