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The Lynx X-ray Observatory: concept study overview and status
Author(s): Jessica A. Gaskin; Alexandra Dominguez; Karen Gelmis; John (Jack) Mulqueen; Douglas Swartz; Kevin McCarley; Feryal Özel; Alexey Vikhlinin; Daniel Schwartz; Harvey Tananbaum; Gary Blackwood; Jonathan Arenberg; William Purcell; Lynn Allen
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Paper Abstract

Lynx, one of four strategic mission concepts under study for the 2020 Astrophysics Decadal Survey, will provide leaps in capability over previous and planned X-ray missions, and will provide synergistic observations in the 2030s to a multitude of space- and ground-based observatories across all wavelengths. Lynx will have orders of magnitude improvement in sensitivity, on-axis sub-arcsecond imaging with arcsecond angular resolution over a large field of view, and high-resolution spectroscopy for point-like and extended sources. The Lynx architecture enables a broad range of unique and compelling science, to be carried out mainly through a General Observer Program. This Program is envisioned to include detecting the very first supermassive black holes, revealing the high-energy drivers of galaxy and structure formation, characterizing the mechanisms that govern stellar activity - including effects on planet habitability, and exploring the highest redshift galaxy clusters. An overview and status of the Lynx concept are summarized.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 2018
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 10699, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 106990N (6 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2314149
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Jessica A. Gaskin, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Alexandra Dominguez, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Karen Gelmis, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
John (Jack) Mulqueen, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Douglas Swartz, Univ. Space Research Association (United States)
Kevin McCarley, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Feryal Özel, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Alexey Vikhlinin, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Daniel Schwartz, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Harvey Tananbaum, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Gary Blackwood, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Jonathan Arenberg, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (United States)
William Purcell, Ball Aerospace (United States)
Lynn Allen, Harris Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10699:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Jan-Willem A. den Herder; Shouleh Nikzad; Kazuhiro Nakazawa, Editor(s)

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