IXPE Proposers Workshop 2023

General Information

The Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) is a NASA Small Explorer Mission resulting from the collaboration of NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, the Italian Space Agency, and other partners. IXPE has been successfully performing science operations since January 2022, with Cycle 1 General Observations due to start in early 2024.

IXPE provides unique and powerful X-ray polarization capabilities and has been providing crucial insights into our understanding of X-ray production and the geometry of multiple classes of objects such as neutron stars and pulsar wind nebulae, as well as stellar and supermassive black holes, among others. Overall, IXPE provides simultaneous imaging, spectral, timing, and polarization data for 2-8 keV X-rays.

An IXPE proposers workshop will be held virtually on Wednesday, 6th of September 2023 (11am-12:30pm Eastern Time). This session is presented to update the community on opportunities to propose for the upcoming IXPE GO program. A description of the IXPE mission and a summary of its major scientific achievements will be presented. Opportunities for participation through the General Observer Program, which supports a broad range of opportunities, will be described in detail in an interactive forum. Presentations on user support services, data analysis and software tools, catalogs and other online resources will also be included, followed by ample time for general questions and discussion.


Registration is open for everyone at the Registration Page. The meeting link will be sent via e-mail a few days before the start of the meeting to all registered participants. There is no fee to participate in the workshop. Please register on or before Friday, September 1st 2023 to recieve the link.

Workshop Agenda

Title Presenter Time Links
Welcome and Introduction Kavitha Arur 11:00 am - 11:05 am Slides
IXPE mission overview Phil Kaaret 11:05 am - 11:25 am Slides, Presentation
GO program overview Kavitha Arur & Allyn Tennant 11:25 am - 11:45 am Slides, Presentation
Tools for proposals and analysis Douglas Swartz 11:45 am - 12:05 pm Slides, Presentation
ixpeobssim for proposals Michela Negro 12:05 pm - 12:15 pm Slides, Presentation
Q&A Panel discussion 12:15 pm - 12:30 pm Slides