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Science with XEUS: the X-Ray Evolving Universe Spectroscopy mission
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Paper Abstract

XEUS is the potential successor to ESA's XMM-Newton X-ray observatory. Novel light-weight optics with an effective area of 10 m2 at 1 keV and 2-5" HEW spatial resolution together with advanced imaging detectors will provide a sensitivity around 200 times better than XMM-Newton as well as much improved high-energy coverage, and spectroscopic performance. This enormous improvement in scientific capability will open up new vistas in X-ray astronomy. It will allow the detection of massive black holes in the earliest AGN and estimates of their mass, spin and red-shift through their Fe-K line properties. XEUS will study the first gravitationally bound, Dark Matter dominated, systems small groups of galaxies and trace their evolution into today's massive clusters. High-resolution spectroscopy of the hot intra-cluster gas will be used to investigate the evolution of metal synthesis to the present epoch. The hot filamentary structure will be studied using absorption line spectroscopy allowing the mass, temperature and density of the intergalactic medium to be characterized. As well as these studies of the deep universe, the enormous low-energy collecting area will provide a unique capability to investigate bright nearby objects with dedicated high-throughput, polarimetric and time resolution detectors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 October 2004
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 5488, UV and Gamma-Ray Space Telescope Systems, (11 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.553087
Show Author Affiliations
Arvind N. Parmar, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
Monique Arnaud, CEA Saclay (France)
Xavier Barcons, Instituto de Fisica de Cantabria/Univ. of Cantabria (Spain)
Johan M. Bleeker, Space Research Organization Netherlands (Netherlands)
Guenther Hasinger, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Hajime Inoue, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science/Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (Japan)
Giorgio Palumbo, Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna (Italy)
Martin J. L. Turner, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)


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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