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New x-ray telescope mission (NeXT)
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Next Japanese X-ray mission after AstroE2 will be dedicated to the exploration of non-thermal phenomena in the Universe by the hard X-ray imaging, high resolution spectroscopy and broad band coverage. The objectives are the non-thermal X-ray components in cluster of galaxies and SNR, hidden AGN and their contribution to the cosmic X-ray background. Such non-thermal energy is considerable amount of the total energy in the Universe. Multilayer supermirror hard X-ray telescopes (50 cm diameter and 12 m focal length) will focus hard X-rays up to 60 keV or higher. Hybrid X-ray imaging system consisted of CCD cameras for soft X-ray imaging and a hard X-ray imaging detector will be placed at the focal points of four multilayer telescopes. A micro-calorimeter array detector is prepared for a soft X-ray telescope to perform imaging spectrometry (60 cm diameter and 8 m focal length). A soft gamma-ray detector will cover up to several hundred keV. It will provide extremely low background by imaging capability. This X-ray mission is now named "NeXT", which stands for "New X-ray Telescope mission" or "Non-thermal Energy eXpring Telescope mission." It will be launched in 2010 by an M-V rocket.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 January 2004
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 5168, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy, (29 January 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.505601
Show Author Affiliations
Hideyo Kunieda, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (Japan)
Hajime Inoue, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (Japan)
Kazuhisa Mitsuda, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5168:
Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy
Oberto Citterio; Stephen L. O'Dell, Editor(s)

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