The PoGOLite balloon-borne soft gamma-ray polarimeter

M. Kiss*, S. Larsson, M. Arimoto, M. Axelsson, C. Marini Bettolo, G. Bogaert, H. G. Florén, Y. Fukazawa, S. Gunji, L. Hjalmarsdotter, T. Kamae, Y. Kanai, J. Kataoka, N. Kawai, W. Klamra, K. Kurita, G. Madejski, T. Mizuno, G. Olofsson, M. PearceF. Ryde, S. Rydström, H. Tajima, H. Takahashi, T. Takahashi, T. Tanaka, M. Ueno, Y. Umeki, G. Varner, H. Yoshida

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Linearly polarized radiation in the hard X-ray/soft gamma-ray band is expected from a large variety of astronomical sources. We discuss the importance of polarimetric studies for several classes of sources-pulsars, accreting black holes, magnetic neutron stars and jets from active galaxies-and then describe PoGOLite, a balloon-borne instrument which is currently under construction and will be able to measure the polarization of electromagnetic radiation from such extra-solar objects in the energy range 25-80 keV.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCool Discs, Hot Flows
Subtitle of host publicationThe Varying Faces of Accreting Compact Objects
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventCool Discs, Hot Flows: The Varying Faces of Accreting Compact Objects - Funasdalen, Sweden
Duration: 2008 Mar 252008 Mar 30

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


ConferenceCool Discs, Hot Flows: The Varying Faces of Accreting Compact Objects


  • Galaxies: active
  • Instrumentation: detectors
  • Pulsars: general
  • Stars: neutron
  • Techniques: polarimetric
  • X-ray: binaries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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