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The X-ray Surveyor Mission: a concept study

[+] Author Affiliations
Jessica A. Gaskin, Martin C. Weisskopf, Randall C. Hopkins, Stephen L. O’Dell, Brian D. Ramsey, Andrew R. Schnell

NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

Alexey Vikhlinin, Harvey D. Tananbaum, Ralph P. Kraft, Paul B. Reid, Daniel A. Schwartz

Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)

Simon R. Bandler, Caroline A. Kilbourne, Robert Petre, Andrew F. Ptak

NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

Marshall W. Bautz

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)

David N. Burrows, Abraham D. Falcone, Zachary R. Prieskorn, Leisa K. Townsley

The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)

Fiona A. Harrison

California Institute of Technology (United States)

Ralf K. Heilmann

MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (United States)

Sebastian Heinz

Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison (United States)

Chryssa Kouveliotou

George Washington Univ. (United States)

Andrey V. Kravtsov

Univ. of Chicago (United States)

Randall L. McEntaffer

The Univ. of Iowa (United States)

Priyamvada Natarajan

Yale Univ. (United States)

Proc. SPIE 9601, UV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XIX, 96010J (August 24, 2015); doi:10.1117/12.2190837
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  • UV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XIX
  • Oswald H. Siegmund
  • San Diego, California, United States | August 09, 2015

abstract

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory continues to provide an unparalleled means for exploring the high-energy universe. With its half-arcsecond angular resolution, Chandra studies have deepened our understanding of galaxy clusters, active galactic nuclei, galaxies, supernova remnants, neutron stars, black holes, and solar system objects. As we look beyond Chandra, it is clear that comparable or even better angular resolution with greatly increased photon throughput is essential to address ever more demanding science questions—such as the formation and growth of black hole seeds at very high redshifts; the emergence of the first galaxy groups; and details of feedback over a large range of scales from galaxies to galaxy clusters. Recently, we initiated a concept study for such a mission, dubbed X-ray Surveyor. The X-ray Surveyor strawman payload is comprised of a high-resolution mirror assembly and an instrument set, which may include an X-ray microcalorimeter, a high-definition imager, and a dispersive grating spectrometer and its readout. The mirror assembly will consist of highly nested, thin, grazing-incidence mirrors, for which a number of technical approaches are currently under development—including adjustable X-ray optics, differential deposition, and new polishing techniques applied to a variety of substrates. This study benefits from previous studies of large missions carried out over the past two decades and, in most areas, points to mission requirements no more stringent than those of Chandra. © (2015) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.
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Jessica A. Gaskin ; Martin C. Weisskopf ; Alexey Vikhlinin ; Harvey D. Tananbaum ; Simon R. Bandler, et al.
" The X-ray Surveyor Mission: a concept study ", Proc. SPIE 9601, UV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XIX, 96010J (August 24, 2015); doi:10.1117/12.2190837; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2190837


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