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Simbol-X: mission overview

Abstract : Simbol-X is a hard X-ray mission, operating in the ~ 0.5-80 keV range, proposed as a collaboration between the French and Italian space agencies with participation of German laboratories for a launch in 2013. Relying on two spacecraft in a formation flying configuration, Simbol-X uses for the first time a 20-30 m focal length X-ray mirror to focus X-rays with energy above 10 keV, resulting in over two orders of magnitude improvement in angular resolution and sensitivity in the hard X-ray range with respect to non-focusing techniques. The Simbol-X revolutionary instrumental capabilities will allow us to elucidate outstanding questions in high energy astrophysics such as those related to black-holes accretion physics and census, and to particle acceleration mechanisms, which are the prime science objectives of the mission. After having undergone a thorough assessment study performed by CNES in the context of a selection of a formation flight scientific mission, Simbol-X has been selected for a phase A study to be jointly conducted by CNES and ASI. The mission science objectives, the current status of the instrumentation and mission design are presented in this paper.
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P. Ferrando, M. Arnaud, U. Briel, O. Citterio, R. Clédassou, et al.. Simbol-X: mission overview. Space Telescopes and Instrumentation II: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, May 2006, Orlando, Florida, United States. pp.62660F, ⟨10.1117/12.673266⟩. ⟨in2p3-00151566⟩



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