Launched on December 9, 2021, the Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) is the first imaging polarimeter ever flown, providing sensitivity in the 2–8 keV range, and during the 2-year initial phase of the mission will sample tens of X-ray sources among different source classes. While most of the measurements will be statistics-limited, for some of the brightest objects observed and long integration times, the systematic uncertainties in the detector response (primarily the effective area, the modulation factor and the absolute energy scale) will be important. In this contribution, we describe a framework to propagate on high-level observables (e.g.: spectro-polarimetric fit parameters) the systematic uncertainties connected with the response of the detector, that we estimate from relevant ground calibrations and from observations of celestial point sources.

Accounting for systematic uncertainties in the Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) detector response

Silvestri S.
2023-01-01

Abstract

Launched on December 9, 2021, the Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) is the first imaging polarimeter ever flown, providing sensitivity in the 2–8 keV range, and during the 2-year initial phase of the mission will sample tens of X-ray sources among different source classes. While most of the measurements will be statistics-limited, for some of the brightest objects observed and long integration times, the systematic uncertainties in the detector response (primarily the effective area, the modulation factor and the absolute energy scale) will be important. In this contribution, we describe a framework to propagate on high-level observables (e.g.: spectro-polarimetric fit parameters) the systematic uncertainties connected with the response of the detector, that we estimate from relevant ground calibrations and from observations of celestial point sources.
2023
Silvestri, S.
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