The Galactic Center View with Simbol-X


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X-Ray, Astronomical And Space-Research Instrumentation, Imaging Detectors And Sensors, Neutrino, Muon, Pion, And Other Elementary Particles, Cosmic Rays

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The nature of the hard X-ray emission above 3 keV of the Galactic Centre (GC) is still source of controversy. Recent observations with Chandra are consistent with either a population of discrete sources or with a diffuse non thermal emission or, most likely, a combination of the two. The Simbol-X mission will be equipped with a grazing incident telescope imaging up to ~80 keV, providing an improvement of three orders of magnitude in sensitivity and angular resolution compared with the instruments that have operated so far above 10 keV. This capability will enable to directly disentangle between the discrete source versus the diffuse emission scenarios. This is demonstrated by the Simbol-X simulations of the GC shown here, where the input model includes a list of both diffuse and point sources (both resolved and unresolved) using the input spectrum observed with presently operating X-ray telescopes.

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