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Lynx Mission concept status
Author(s): Jessica A. Gaskin; Ryan Allured; Simon R. Bandler; Stefano Basso; Marshall W. Bautz; Michael F. Baysinger; Michael P. Biskach; Tyrone M. Boswell; Peter D. Capizzo; Kai-Wing Chan; Marta M. Civitani; Lester M. Cohen; Vincenzo Cotroneo; Jacqueline M. Davis; Casey T. DeRoo; Michael J. DiPirro; Alexandra Dominguez; Leo L. Fabisinski; Abraham D. Falcone; Enectali Figueroa-Feliciano; Jay C. Garcia; Karen E. Gelmis; Ralf K. Heilmann; Randall C. Hopkins; Thomas Jackson; Kiranmayee Kilaru; Ralph P. Kraft; Tianning Liu; Ryan S. McClelland; Randy L. McEntaffer; Kevin S. McCarley; John A. Mulqueen; Feryal Özel; Giovanni Pareschi; Paul B. Reid; Raul E. Riveros; Mitchell A. Rodriguez; Justin W. Rowe; Timo T. Saha; Mark L. Schattenburg; Andrew R. Schnell; Daniel A. Schwartz; Peter M. Solly; Robert M. Suggs; Steven G. Sutherlin; Douglas A. Swartz; Susan Trolier-McKinstry; James H. Tutt; Alexey Vikhlinin; Julian Walker; Wonsik Yoon; William W. Zhang
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Paper Abstract

Lynx is a concept under study for prioritization in the 2020 Astrophysics Decadal Survey. Providing orders of magnitude increase in sensitivity over Chandra, Lynx will examine the first black holes and their galaxies, map the large-scale structure and galactic halos, and shed new light on the environments of young stars and their planetary systems. In order to meet the Lynx science goals, the telescope consists of a high-angular resolution optical assembly complemented by an instrument suite that may include a High Definition X-ray Imager, X-ray Microcalorimeter and an X-ray Grating Spectrometer. The telescope is integrated onto the spacecraft to form a comprehensive observatory concept. Progress on the formulation of the Lynx telescope and observatory configuration is reported in this paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 September 2017
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 10397, UV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XX, 103970S (19 September 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2273911
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Jessica A. Gaskin, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Ryan Allured, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Simon R. Bandler, NASA Goddard Flight Ctr. (United States)
Stefano Basso, Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
Marshall W. Bautz, MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (United States)
Michael F. Baysinger, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Michael P. Biskach, Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc. (United States)
NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Tyrone M. Boswell, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Peter D. Capizzo, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Kai-Wing Chan, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County (United States)
Marta M. Civitani, Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
Lester M. Cohen, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Vincenzo Cotroneo, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Jacqueline M. Davis, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Casey T. DeRoo, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Michael J. DiPirro, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Alexandra Dominguez, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Leo L. Fabisinski, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Abraham D. Falcone, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Enectali Figueroa-Feliciano, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
Jay C. Garcia, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Karen E. Gelmis, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Ralf K. Heilmann, MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (United States)
Randall C. Hopkins, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Thomas Jackson, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Kiranmayee Kilaru, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Ralph P. Kraft, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Tianning Liu, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Ryan S. McClelland, Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc. (United States)
NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Randy L. McEntaffer, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Kevin S. McCarley, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
John A. Mulqueen, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Feryal Özel, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Steward Observatory (United States)
Giovanni Pareschi, Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
Paul B. Reid, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Raul E. Riveros, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County (United States)
Mitchell A. Rodriguez, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Justin W. Rowe, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Timo T. Saha, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Mark L. Schattenburg, MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (United States)
Andrew R. Schnell, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Daniel A. Schwartz, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Peter M. Solly, Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc. (United States)
NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Robert M. Suggs, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Steven G. Sutherlin, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Douglas A. Swartz, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Susan Trolier-McKinstry, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
James H. Tutt, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Alexey Vikhlinin, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Julian Walker, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Wonsik Yoon, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
William W. Zhang, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10397:
UV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XX
Oswald H. Siegmund, Editor(s)

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