Observation of polarized hard X-ray emission from the Crab by the PoGOLite Pathfinder

M. Chauvin, H. G. Florén, M. Jackson, T. Kamae, T. Kawano, M. Kiss, M. Kole, V. Mikhalev, E. Moretti, G. Olofsson, S. Rydström, H. Takahashi, A. Iyudin, M. Arimoto, Y. Fukazawa, J. Kataoka, N. Kawai, T. Mizuno, F. Ryde, H. TajimaT. Takahashi, M. Pearce*


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    We have measured the linear polarization of hard X-ray emission from the Crab in a previously unexplored energy interval, 20-120 keV. The introduction of two new observational parameters, the polarization fraction and angle stands to disentangle geometrical and physical effects, thereby providing information on the pulsar wind geometry and magnetic field environment. Measurements are conducted using the PoGOLite Pathfinder - a balloon-borne polarimeter. Polarization is determined by measuring the azimuthal Compton scattering angle of incident X-rays in an array of plastic scintillators housed in an anticoincidence well. The polarimetric response has been characterized prior to flight using both polarized and unpolarized calibration sources. We address possible systematic effects through observations of a background field. The measured polarization fraction for the integrated Crab light curve is 18.4+9.8 -10.6 per cent, corresponding to an upper limit (99 per cent credibility) of 42.4 per cent, for a polarization angle of (149.2 ± 16.0)°.

    ジャーナルMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters
    出版ステータスPublished - 2016 2月 11

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • 天文学と天体物理学
    • 宇宙惑星科学


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