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The Maxim Pathfinder Mission: x-ray imaging at 100 micro-arcseconds
Author(s): Webster C. Cash; Nicholas White; Marshall K. Joy
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Paper Abstract

Ultra-high resolution imaging in the x-ray has the potential to revolutionize the way astronomers view the heavens. Through the use of interferometry at grazing incidence we can image the x-ray sky at the milli-arcsecond (or better) level. In this paper we describe the baseline design of the Maxim Pathfinder Mission, which will be the first interferometric x-ray observatory whose goal is to image the sky at 100 micro-arcsecond resolution in the 0.5 - 1.5 keV band with about 100 cm2 of collecting area. This resolution is adequate to image the coronae of nearby stars and the accretion disks of quasars.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 July 2000
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4012, X-Ray Optics, Instruments, and Missions III, (18 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.391561
Show Author Affiliations
Webster C. Cash, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
Nicholas White, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Marshall K. Joy, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4012:
X-Ray Optics, Instruments, and Missions III
Joachim E. Truemper; Bernd Aschenbach, Editor(s)

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