Status of the micro-X sounding rocket x-ray spectrometer
Author(s)Doriese, W. B.; Eckart, M. E.; Hilton, G. C.; Hubbard, A. J. F.; Kelley, R. L.; Kilbourne, C. A.; McCammon, D.; Okajima, T.; Porter, F. S.; Reintsema, C. D.; Serlemitsos, P.; Smith, S. J.; Wikus, P.; Goldfinger, David C.; Adams, Joseph S; Baker, Robert P; Bandler, Suri C.; Danowski, Meredith E; Figueroa-Feliciano, Enectali; Heine, Sarah N.T.; Wikus, Patrick; ... Show more Show less
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Micro-X is a sounding rocket borne X-ray telescope that utilizes transition edge sensors to perform imaging spectroscopy with a high level of energy resolution. Its 2.1m focal length X-ray optic has an effective area of 300 cm 2 , a field of view of 11.8 arcmin, and a bandpass of 0.1-2.5 keV. The detector array has 128 pixels and an intrinsic energy resolution of 4.5 eV FWHM. The integration of the system has progressed with functional tests of the detectors and electronics complete, and performance characterization of the detectors is underway. We present an update of ongoing progress in preparation for the upcoming launch of the instrument.
DepartmentLincoln Laboratory; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mathematics; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics
Proceedings of SPIE--the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers
SPIE, the International Society of Optical Engineering
Goldfinger, D. C., J. S. Adams, R. Baker, S. R. Bandler, M. E. Danowski, W. B. Doriese, M. E. Eckart, et al. “Status of the Micro-X Sounding Rocket x-Ray Spectrometer.” Edited by Jan-Willem A. den Herder, Tadayuki Takahashi, and Marshall Bautz. Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray (August 26, 2016).
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Microcalorimeter, Sounding Rocket, Transition Edge Sensors, Micro-X, X-ray astronomy, Cryogenics