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Status of the micro-X sounding rocket x-ray spectrometer
Author(s): D. C. Goldfinger; J. S. Adams; R. Baker; S. R. Bandler; M. E. Danowski; W. B. Doriese; M. E. Eckart; E. Figueroa-Feliciano; G. C. Hilton; A. J. F. Hubbard; R. L. Kelley; C. A. Kilbourne; D. McCammon; T. Okajima; F. S. Porter; C. D. Reintsema; P. Serlemitsos; S. J. Smith; S. N. T. Heine; P. Wikus
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Paper Abstract

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 cm2, 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.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 August 2016
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 9905, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 99054S (26 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2233299
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D. C. Goldfinger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
J. S. Adams, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Univ. of Maryland, College Park (United States)
R. Baker, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
S. R. Bandler, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
M. E. Danowski, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
W. B. Doriese, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
M. E. Eckart, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
E. Figueroa-Feliciano, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
G. C. Hilton, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
A. J. F. Hubbard, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
R. L. Kelley, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
C. A. Kilbourne, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
D. McCammon, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison (United States)
T. Okajima, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
F. S. Porter, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
C. D. Reintsema, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
P. Serlemitsos, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
S. J. Smith, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Univ. of Maryland (United States)
S. N. T. Heine, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
P. Wikus, Bruker BioSpin AG (Switzerland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9905:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Jan-Willem A. den Herder; Tadayuki Takahashi; Marshall Bautz, Editor(s)

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