Title

Status and prospects for polarimetry in high energy astrophysics

Abstract

The recent detection of linear polarization from GRB120206 has piqued the interest of the community in this relatively unexplored avenue of research. Here, we review the current status and prospects for polarimetry at hard X-ray and soft γ-ray energies. After reviewing the basic principles of making polarization measurements at these energies, we give an overview of the most recent results and present a brief survey of current and planned experiments that are capable of making polarization measurements in the energy range between 30 keV and 30 MeV.

Publication Date

2004

Journal Title

New Astronomy Reviews

Publisher

Elsevier

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1016/j.newar.2003.11.029

Document Type

Article

Rights

Copyright © 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.