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The new XEUS science case
Author(s): G. Hasinger; M. Arnaud; X. Barcons; D. Barret; J. A. Bleeker; H. Böhringer; A. Comastri; A. C. Fabian; J. S. Kaastra; H. Kunieda; M. Mendez; A. N. Parmar; G. G. C. Palumbo; T. Takahashi; M. J. L. Turner
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Paper Abstract

XEUS is the potential successor to ESA's XMM-Newton X-ray observatory and is being proposed in response to the Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 long term plan for ESA's Science Programme. A new mission configuration was developed in the last year, accommodating the boundary conditions of a European-led mission with a formation-flying mirror and detector spacecraft in L2 with a focal length of 35m and an effective area of >5 m2 at 1 keV. Here the new capabilities are compared with the key scientific questions presented to the Cosmic Vision exercise: the evolution of large scale structure and nucleosynthesis, the co-evolution of supermassive black holes and their host galaxies, and the study of matter under extreme conditions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 June 2006
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6266, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation II: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 62661N (13 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.672919
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G. Hasinger, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
M. Arnaud, CEA/DSM/DAPNIA/SAP CEN-Saclay (France)
X. Barcons, Instituto de Fisica de Cantabria (Spain)
D. Barret, Ctr. d'Etude Spatiale des Rayonnements, CNRS (France)
J. A. Bleeker, SRON Nationaal Instituut voor Ruimteonderzoek (Netherlands)
H. Böhringer, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
A. Comastri, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna (Italy)
A. C. Fabian, Institute of Astronomy (United Kingdom)
J. S. Kaastra, SRON Nationaal Instituut voor Ruimteonderzoek (Netherlands)
H. Kunieda, Nagoya Univ. (Japan)
M. Mendez, SRON Nationaal Instituut voor Ruimteonderzoek (Netherlands)
A. N. Parmar, ESA, ESTEC (Netherlands)
G. G. C. Palumbo, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna (Italy)
T. Takahashi, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Japan)
M. J. L. Turner, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)


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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