WP5: X-ray Polarimetry Explorers
Coordinators: Luca Baldini (University of Pisa), Luca Latronico (INFN), Brian Ramsey (NASA Marshall Space Center)
News researchers have pioneered the development of photoelectric X-ray polarimetry and have introduced a new detector concept name Gas Pixel Detector (GPD) which has overcome the limitations of the traditional experimental techniques. The GPD concept is based on the imaging and reconstruction through a finely segmented readout anode of the direction of emission of the photoelectrons following to the X-ray absorption in gas. The goal of this WP is to build a lab-grade prototype of a GPD polarimeter and develop full custom readout electronics. This includes developing observation and simulation a and science analysis tools for future missions.