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The Lynx X-ray Observatory: revealing the invisible universe
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Paper Abstract

We have been studying Lynx, an X-ray Observatory with factors of 10 to 1000 greater imaging and spectroscopic capabilities than any other existing or planned facility. We present a Design Reference Mission (DRM) driven by the need to solve fundamental problems in three broad areas of astrophysics. The Lynx Observatory will provide discovery space for all of astrophysics, and also address questions which will only be revealed as our knowledge increases. Studies supported by the Advanced Concepts Office at MSFC for the observatory design and operations take advantage of the highly successful architecture of the Chandra Observatory. A light-weight mirror with 30 times the Chandra effective area, and modern microcalorimeter and CMOS based X-ray imagers will exploit the 0.5 arcsec imaging capability. Operating at Sun/Earth L2, we expect 85% to 90% of the time to be spent acquiring data from celestial targets. Designed for a five year baseline mission, there are no expected impediments to achieving a 20 year goal. This paper presents technical details of the Observatory and highlights of the mission operations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 September 2019
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 11118, UV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XXI, 111180K (9 September 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2533637
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Daniel A. Schwartz, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr for Astrophysics (United States)
Alexey Vikhlinin, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Harvey Tananbaum, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Mark Freeman, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Grant Tremblay, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Eric D. Schwartz, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Jessica A. Gaskin, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Douglas Swartz, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Karen Gelmis, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Kevin S. McCarley, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Alexandra Dominguez, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11118:
UV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XXI
Oswald H. Siegmund, Editor(s)

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