New Paper "Observation of polarised hard X-ray emission from the Crab by the PoGOLite Path finder"

Published Nov 13, 2015

We have measured the linear polarisation of hard X-ray emission from the Crab in a previously unexplored energy interval, 20-120 keV. The introduction of two new observational parameters, the polarisation fraction and angle stands to disentangle geometrical and physical effects, thereby providing information on the pulsar wind geometry and magnetic field environment. Measurements are conducted using the PoGOLite Pathfinder - a balloon-borne Compton polarimeter. Polarisation is deter-mined by measuring the azimuthal Compton scattering angle of incident X-rays in an array of plastic scintillators housed in an anticoincidence well. The polarimetric response has been characterised prior to flight using both polarised and unpolarised calibration sources. We address possible systematic e ects through observations of a background field. The measured polarisation fraction for the integrated Crab light-curve is \((18.4^{+9.8}_{-10.6})\%\), corresponding to an upper limit (99% credibility) of 42.4%, for a polarisation angle of \((149.2\pm16.0)^\circ\)The paper on arXiv.
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