|Title||Finding Compton-thick AGN Among the Faintest Swift BAT Sources|
|Author||Dr Michael Koss|
|Description||We propose short XMM observations of 6 sources newly detected in the deepest Swift-BAT 105-month stacked all-sky maps, but for which a Swift-XRT observation has no obvious X-ray counterpart. Our past studies of these faint BAT sources found some of the brightest examples of reflection-dominated AGN available across the sky with accretion rates several times higher than typical AGN that contribute significantly to black hole growth in the nearby universe. XMM is critical to identify these sources because of the factor of >10X higher sensitivity than Swift-XRT combined with a very large FOV (28.4 ). This program expands a band C program with only 2 targets observed, with one discovered to be one of the brightest Compton-thick AGN within 50 Mpc other than NGC 1068.|
|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, 2020-05-16T22:00:00Z, 082173, 17.56_20190403_1200. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-g2d5e7r|