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Science with Micro-X: the TES microcalorimeter x-ray imaging rocket
Author(s): E. Figueroa-Feliciano; S. R. Bandler; M. Bautz; K. Boyce; G. Brown; S. Deiker; W. B. Doriese; K. Flanagan; M. Galeazzi; G. C. Hilton; U. Hwang; K. D. Irwin; T. Kallman; R. L. Kelley; C. A. Kilbourne; S. Kissel; A. Levine; M. Loewenstein; D. Martinez-Galarce; D. McCammon; R. Mushotzky; R. Petre; F. S. Porter; C. D. Reistema; T. Saab; P. Serlemitsos; N. Schulz; R. Smith; J. N. Ullom
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Paper Abstract

Micro-X is a proposed sounding rocket experiment that will combine a transition-edge-sensor X-ray-microcalorimeter array with a conical imaging mirror to obtain high-spectral-resolution images of extended and point X-ray sources. We describe the payload and the science targeted by this mission including the discussion of three possible Micro- X targets: the Puppis A supernova remnant, the Virgo Cluster, and Circinus X-1. For example, a Micro-X observation of the bright eastern knot of Puppis A will obtain a line-dominated spectrum with 90,000 counts collected in 300 seconds at 2 eV resolution across the 0.3-2.5 keV band. Micro-X will utilize plama diagnostics to determine the thermodynamic and ionization state of the plasma, to search for line shifts and broadening associated with dynamical processes, and seek evidence of ejecta enhancement. For clusters of galaxies, Micro-X can uniquely study turbulence and the temperature distribution function. For binaries, Micro-X's high resolution spectra will separate the different processes contributing to the Fe K lines at 6 keV and give a clear view of the geometry of the gas flows and circumstellar gas.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 July 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6266, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation II: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 62660A (26 July 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.672680
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E. Figueroa-Feliciano, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (United States)
S. R. Bandler, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Univ. of Maryland, College Park (United States)
M. Bautz, MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (United States)
K. Boyce, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
G. Brown, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
S. Deiker, Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Lab. (United States)
W. B. Doriese, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
K. Flanagan, MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (United States)
M. Galeazzi, Univ. of Miami (United States)
G. C. Hilton, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
U. Hwang, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
K. D. Irwin, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
T. Kallman, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
R. L. Kelley, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
C. A. Kilbourne, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
S. Kissel, MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (United States)
A. Levine, MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (United States)
M. Loewenstein, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Univ. of Maryland, College Park (United States)
D. Martinez-Galarce, Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Lab. (United States)
D. McCammon, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison (United States)
R. Mushotzky, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
R. Petre, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
F. S. Porter, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
C. D. Reistema, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
T. Saab, Univ. of Florida (United States)
P. Serlemitsos, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
N. Schulz, MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (United States)
R. Smith, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
J. N. Ullom, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6266:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation II: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Martin J. L. Turner; Günther Hasinger, Editor(s)

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