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Observations of Black Hole X-Ray Binaries with the Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE)

Event Type
Seminar/Symposium
Sponsor
Department of Astronomy
Location
134 Astronomy Building
Virtual
wifi event
Date
Mar 26, 2024   3:45 - 4:45 pm  
Speaker
Henric Krawczynski
Contact
Daniel Franco
E-Mail
danielf9@illinois.edu
Phone
217-300-6769
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The Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) is a joint US-Italian mission that enables highly sensitive polarimetry observations of bright galactic and extragalactic sources within the 2-8 keV X-ray band. In this talk, I will focus on the IXPE findings since its launch in 2021, particularly the outcomes derived from X-Ray Binaries featuring stellar mass black holes such as Cyg X-1, 4U 1630-47, and Swift J1727.8-1613. IXPE was used to observe sources in different emission states. The observations can be used to constrain the properties of the accretion disk and the hot accretion disk corona. The results provide insights into the astrophysics of black hole accretion and the underlying plasma physics. 

I will close by briefly describing XL-Calibur and DR-TES, two balloon-borne hard X-ray and gamma-ray NASA missions, which will be launched later this year.

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