Scientific Simulations for the enhanced X-ray timing polarimetry mission eXTP

Progetto: Research project


eXTP (enhanced X-ray timing polarimetry) is an X-ray astronomy mission designed to study the state of matter under extreme conditions of density, gravity and magnetism. Primary goals are the determination of the equation of state of matter at supra-nuclear density, the physics in extremely strong magnetic fields, the study of accretion in the strong-field regime of gravity. Primary targets include isolated and binary neutron stars, strong magnetic field systems like magnetars, and stellar- mass and supermassive black holes. eXTP is a powerful observatory very well suited also for a variety of other studies. This proposal aims at carrying out detailed simulations to determine the scientific requirements for the optimization of the instruments’s performance (especially in terms of background, sensitivity and PSF). Building on the porponents’ strong scientific background on the above themes the contribution and role of the Italian community in the mission will be optimized.

Layman's description

The proposed activities of simulation will provide support to the Italian contribution to the future X-ray mission eXTP. In particular the proposing team will be in charge to prepare and submit:- The Mission of Opportunity (MoO) proposal on eXTP to be submitted to ESA in collaboration with the other European institutions (Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland, Denmark, Poland, Czech Republic, United Kingdom and The Netherlands). This work will be a crucial step to support the leading role of Italy within the ESA-MoO.- eXTP Instruments characterization in terms of response matrices (arf and rmf) and background.

Key findings

Data di inizio/fine effettiva3/1/188/31/19