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Memorie della Societa astronomica italiana 79 (2008) 19
The Simbol-X mission
P. Ferrando1, 2, M. Arnaud3, U. Briel, E. Cavazutti, R. Clédassou4, J.L. Counil, F. Fiore, P. Giommi, A. Goldwurm1, 2, O. Lamarle, P. Laurent1, 2, F. Lebrun1, 2, G. Malaguti, S. Mereghetti, G. Micela5, G. Pareschi, M. Piermaria, J.P. Roques6, G. Tagliaferri
SIMBOL-X Collaboration(s)

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 spacecrafts in a formation flying configuration, Simbol-X uses for the first time a 20 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 to elucidate outstanding questions in high energy astrophysics such as those related to black-holes accretion physics and census, and to particle acceleration mechanisms. Simbol-X has been selected for a phase A study which is jointly conducted by CNES and ASI. We give in this paper a general overview of the mission, as consolidated close to the end of the phase A.
1 :  IRFU - Institut de Recherches sur les lois Fondamentales de l'Univers (ex DAPNIA)
2 :  APC - UMR 7164 - AstroParticule et Cosmologie
3 :  SAp - Service d'Astrophysique
4 :  CNES - Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales
5 :  OSSERVATORIO ASTRONOMICO DI PALERMO - Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo
6 :  CESR - Centre d'étude spatiale des rayonnements
Planète et Univers/Astrophysique/Phénomènes cosmiques de haute energie

Physique/Astrophysique/Phénomènes cosmiques de haute energie
Black Holes – Particle Acceleration – Hard X-rays – Formation Flight