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First IXPE Observations of the Accreting X-ray Pulsar Her X-1

Presentation #246.03 in the session Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer: Initial results.

Published onJun 29, 2022
First IXPE Observations of the Accreting X-ray Pulsar Her X-1

Theoretical models for the X-ray emission of accretion-powered pulsars predict a high degree and a strong spin-phase dependence of the X-ray polarization. Using observations of the Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer of the accreting pulsar Her X-1, we were able to test these predictions for the first time ever.

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