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High throughput x-ray spectroscopy mission
Author(s): Jay A. Bookbinder; Harvey D. Tananbaum; Leon P. Van Speybroeck; Nicholas E. White; Steven M. Kahn; Tom Guffin
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Paper Abstract

The High Throughput X-ray Spectroscopy (HTXS) mission is dedicated to observations at high spectral resolution. The HXTS mission represented a major advanced, providing as much as a factor of 100 increase in sensitivity over currently planned high resolution X-ray spectroscopy missions. This X- ray equivalent of the Keck Telescope will mark the start of a new era when high quality X-ray spectral will be obtained for all classes of X-ray sources, over a wide range of luminosity and distance. With its increased capabilities, HTXS will address many fundamental astrophysics questions such as the origin and distribution of the elements from carbon to zinc, the formation and evolution of clusters of galaxies, the validity of general relativity in the strong gravity limit, the evolution of supermassive black holes in active galactic nuclei, the details of supernova explosions and their aftermath, and the mechanisms involved in the heating of stellar coronae and driving of stellar winds.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 October 1996
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2807, Space Telescopes and Instruments IV, (12 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.255093
Show Author Affiliations
Jay A. Bookbinder, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Harvey D. Tananbaum, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Leon P. Van Speybroeck, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Nicholas E. White, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Steven M. Kahn, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Tom Guffin, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2807:
Space Telescopes and Instruments IV
Pierre Y. Bely; James B. Breckinridge, Editor(s)

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