|Title||HUNTING FOR COMPTON-THICK AGN IN THE LOCAL UNIVERSE|
|Author||Dr Ross Silver|
|Description||The X-ray spectral analysis of new Compton thick (CT-) active galactic nuclei (AGN) represents a fundamental step to understand the physics of the obscuring material surrounding accreting super-massive black holes. However, at the present day, CT-AGN remain extremely hard to detect. Implementing previously successful selection criteria, we propose to target 2 low-redshift candidate CT-AGN from the Swift-BAT 150-month catalog with joint 50 ks NuSTAR and 30 ks XMM-Newton observations each. This analysis will help determine the true intrinsic fraction of CT-AGN in the local universe and their contribution to the Cosmic X-ray Background (CXB).|
|Publication||No observations found associated with the current proposal|
|Instrument||EMOS1, EMOS2, EPN|
|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, 2022-04-12T00:00:00Z, 089044, 19.17_20220121_1250. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-[xxxxxxx]|