Update on the Micro-X Sounding Rocket payload
Author(s)Figueroa-Feliciano, Enectali; Adams, J. S.; Baker, R.; Bandler, S. R.; Dewey, Dan; Doriese, W. B.; Eckart, M. E.; Hamersma, R.; Hilton, G. C.; Hwang, U.; Irwin, K. D.; Kelley, R. L.; Kilbourne, C. A.; Kissel, Steve E.; Leman, Steven W.; McCammon, D.; Oakley, P. H. H.; Okajima, T.; O'Neal, R. H.; Petre, R.; Porter, F. S.; Reintsema, C. D.; Rutherford, J. M.; Saab, T.; Serlemitsos, P.; Soong, Y.; Trowbridge, S. N.; Wikus, P.; ... Show more Show less
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The Micro-X High Resolution Microcalorimeter X-ray Imaging Rocket is a sounding rocket experiment that will combine a transition-edge-sensor X-ray-microcalorimeter array with a conical imaging mirror to obtain high- spectral-resolution images of extended X-ray sources. The target for Micro-X’s first flight (slated for January 2013) is the Puppis A supernova remnant. The Micro-X observation of the bright eastern knot of Puppis A will obtain a line-dominated spectrum with up to 27,000 counts collected in 300 seconds at 2 eV resolution across the 0.3-2.5 keV band. Micro-X will determine the thermodynamic and ionization state of the plasma, search for line shifts and broadening associated with dynamical processes, and seek evidence of ejecta enhancement. We describe the progress made in developing this payload, including the detector, cryogenics, and electronics assemblies.
DepartmentKavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics
Proceedings of SPIE--the International Society for Optical Engineering
Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)
Figueroa-Feliciano, E., J. S. Adams, R. Baker, S. R. Bandler, D. Dewey, W. B. Doriese, M. E. Eckart, et al. “Update on the Micro-X Sounding Rocket Payload.” Edited by Tadayuki Takahashi, Stephen S. Murray, and Jan-Willem A. den Herder. Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray (September 7, 2012). (Proc. of SPIE; volume 8443). © (2012) SPIE.
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