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ISRO's XPoSat: Advancing X-ray Astronomy.



  Sep 21, 2023

ISRO and XPoSat Mission




India’s space agency, ISRO, is preparing for its groundbreaking XPoSat mission, set to launch by year-end, dedicated to studying bright astronomical X-ray sources through polarimetry.

Here are the key points:

Unique Mission: XPoSat stands out by enabling the study of challenging astronomical sources not easily explored using conventional methods.
 
Polarimetry Significance: Polarimetry, measuring light polarization's degree and angle, unveils insights into celestial object emissions, enriching our comprehension.
 
Two Payloads: POLIX (Polarimeter Instrument in X-rays): Measures polarimetry parameters in the 8-30 keV photon energy range.
 
XSPECT (X-ray Spectroscopy and Timing): Provides spectroscopic data in the 0.8-15 keV energy range.
 
Research Goals: XPoSat aims to decode the complexities of theoretical models governing astronomical emissions. It's a significant research avenue for India's scientific community.
 
Second Globally: Following NASA’s IXPE mission, XPoSat becomes the world's second polarimetry mission.
This mission holds the promise of advancing our knowledge about celestial objects and their challenging emissions, contributing invaluable data to astrophysics and astronomy.


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