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The Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE): Pre-Launch

Martin C. Weisskopf Paolo Soffitta Luca Baldini Brian D. Ramsey Stephen L. O'Dell Roger W. Romani Giorgio Matt William D. Deininger Wayne H. Baumgartner Ronaldo Bellazzini Enrico Costa Jeffery J. Kolodziejczak Luca Latronico Herman L. Marshall Fabio Muleri Stephen D. Bongiorno Allyn Tennant Niccolo Bucciantini Michal Dovciak Frederic Marin 1 Alan Marscher Juri Poutanen Pat Slane Roberto Turolla William Kalinowski Alessandro Di Marco Sergio Fabiani Massimo Minuti Fabio La Monaca Michele Pinchera John Rankin Carmelo Sgro Alessio Trois Fei Xie Cheryl Alexander D. Zachery Allen Fabrizio Amici Jason Andersen Angelo Antonelli Spencer Antoniak Primo Attinà Mattia Barbanera Matteo Bachetti Randy M. Baggett Jeff Bladt Alessandro Brez Raffaella Bonino Christopher Boree Fabio Borotto Shawn Breeding Daniele Brienza H. Kyle Bygott Ciro Caporale Claudia Cardelli Rita Carpentiero Simone Castellano Marco Castronuovo Luca Cavalli Elisabetta Cavazzuti Marco Ceccanti Mauro Centrone Saverio Citraro Fabio d'Amico Elisa d'Alba Laura Di Gesu Ettore del Monte Kurtis L. Dietz Niccolo Di Lalla Giuseppe Di Persio David Dolan Immacolata Donnarumma Yuri Evangelista Kevin Ferrant Riccardo Ferrazzoli Mackenzie Ferrie Joseph Footdale Brent Forsyth Michelle Foster Benjamin Garelick Shuichi Gunji Eli Gurnee Michael Head Grant Hibbard Samantha Johnson Erik Kelly Kiranmayee Kilaru Carlo Lefevre Shelley Le Roy Pasqualino Loffredo Paolo Lorenzi Leonardo Lucchesi Tyler Maddox Guido Magazzu Simone Maldera Alberto Manfreda Elio Mangraviti Marco Marengo Alessandra Marrocchesi Francesco Massaro David Mauger Jeffrey Mccracken Michael Mceachen Rondal Mize Paolo Mereu Scott Mitchell Ikuyuki Mitsuishi Alfredo Morbidini Federico Mosti Hikmat Nasimi Barbara Negri Michela Negro Toan Nguyen Isaac Nitschke Alessio Nuti Mitch Onizuka Chiara Oppedisano Leonardo Orsini Darren Osborne Richard Pacheco Alessandro Paggi Will Painter Steven D. Pavelitz Christina Pentz Raffaele Piazzolla Matteo Perri Melissa Pesce-Rollins Colin Peterson Maura Pilia Alessandro Profeti Simonetta Puccetti Jaganathan Ranganathan Ajay Ratheesh Lee Reedy Noah Root Alda Rubini Stephanie Ruswick Javier Sanchez Paolo Sarra Francesco Santoli Emanuele Scalise Andrea Sciortino Christopher Schroeder Tim Seek Kalie Sosdian Gloria Spandre Chet O. Speegle Toru Tamagawa Marcello Tardiola Antonino Tobia Nicholas E. Thomas Robert Valerie Marco Vimercati Amy L. Walden Bruce Weddendorf Jeffrey Wedmore David Welch Davide Zanetti Francesco Zanetti 
Abstract : Launched on 2021 December 9, the Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) is a NASA Small Explorer Mission in collaboration with the Italian Space Agency (ASI). The mission will open a new window of investigation—imaging x-ray polarimetry. The observatory features three identical telescopes, each consisting of a mirror module assembly with a polarization-sensitive imaging x-ray detector at the focus. A coilable boom, deployed on orbit, provides the necessary 4-m focal length. The observatory utilizes a three-axis-stabilized spacecraft, which provides services such as power, attitude determination and control, commanding, and telemetry to the ground. During its 2-year baseline mission, IXPE will conduct precise polarimetry for samples of multiple categories of x-ray sources, with follow-on observations of selected targets.
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Martin C. Weisskopf, Paolo Soffitta, Luca Baldini, Brian D. Ramsey, Stephen L. O'Dell, et al.. The Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE): Pre-Launch. Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems, 2022, 8, ⟨10.1117/1.JATIS.8.2.026002⟩. ⟨insu-03765464⟩

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