We argue that measurements of X-ray polarization using the recently launched Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer will answer many open questions about magnetars in particular the physical state of their surfaces, whether vacuum birefringence exists, and the nature of the hard X-ray emission from these objects. We outline the capabilities of the instrument, specific models and the results of simulations for the magnetar 4U~0142+61.
- Pub Date:
- March 2022
- Astrophysics - High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena;
- Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics
- 12 pages, 7 figures, Neutron Star Astrophysics at the Crossroads: Magnetars and the Multimessenger Revolution, Proceedings IAU Symposium No. 363, 2022, E. Troja &