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XEUS mission: detector spacecraft instrumentation package
Author(s): David H. Lumb
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Paper Abstract

The XEUS (X-ray Evolving Universe Spectroscopy) mission is designed to explore the X-ray emission from objects in the Universe at high red shifts. A package of instruments has been defined in some detail that allows the scientific goals of the mission to be met. It comprises narrow field imaging spectrometers of both Transition Edge Sensor (TES) and Superconducting Tunnel Junction (STJ) designs, and a Wide Field Imager with novel Silicon Active - Pixel sensing elements. We discuss the utilisation of the largest yet conceived mirror collecting area that facilitates secondary science such as high time resolution, polarimetry and extensions to high energies >10keV, and briefly mention some future trade-off studies that must be addressed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 October 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5488, UV and Gamma-Ray Space Telescope Systems, (11 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.552925
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David H. Lumb, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5488:
UV and Gamma-Ray Space Telescope Systems
Guenther Hasinger; Martin J. L. Turner, Editor(s)

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