Hard X-ray polarimetry using scintillators

M. Feroci, M.N. Cinti, E. Costa, G. Matt, M. Rapisarda

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The linear polarization of the radiation from celestial sources can be investigated by studying the angular distribution of Compton scattered photons in a detection device. In this contribution we present the design of a Compton polarimeter based on the technology of fiber-shaped scintillators. A total geometric area of 1000 cm2or more could be obtained by repeating a basic polarimeter composed by several fiber-like scintillators, some of them of low Z, acting as active scatterers, and others of high Z, acting as detectors. Polarimetric measurements can thus be carried out by searching for coincidences between a scatterer fiber and an absorber one. Monte Carlo simulations of the performances of such a device, when employed onboard a stratospheric balloon, are compared with other kinds of X-ray polarimeters.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)837 - 841
Number of pages5
JournalNuovo Cimento della Societa Italiana di Fisica C
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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Feroci, M., Cinti, M. N., Costa, E., Matt, G., & Rapisarda, M. (1997). Hard X-ray polarimetry using scintillators. Nuovo Cimento della Societa Italiana di Fisica C, 20(5), 837 - 841.