|Title||Towards an X-ray Inventory of Nearby Pulsars|
|Author||Dr Bettina Posselt|
|Description||Our knowledge about the X-ray emission properties of neutron stars comes from a relatively small number of objects. The virgul300 X-ray detected (of about 2600 known) neutron stars comprise a rather inhomogeneous and incomplete sample, in particular for pulsars with low spin-down powers. Yet, it is for these pulsars that we see potential evidence for increased heating or non-dipole magnetic field components. Theoretical interpretations are currently hampered by a potential observational bias. We propose a legacy survey of nearby pulsars to obtain a less biased view of neutron star.s X-ray properties. The proposed observations will fill in the crucial parameter space of the X-ray luminosity - spin-down power diagram which is essential to understand the physics of neutron stars and pulsars.|
|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, 2020-04-29T22:00:00Z, 082303, 17.56_20190403_1200. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-zibtgui|