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Science with Generation-X
Author(s): Scott J. Wolk; Roger J. Brissenden; Martin Elvis; Guiseppina Fabbiano; Ann E. Hornschemeier; Stephen L. O'Dell; Marshall W. Bautz; Daniel A. Schwartz; Michael Juda
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Paper Abstract

We report on the prospects for the study of the first stars, galaxies and black holes with the Generation-X Mission. Generation-X is a NASA "Vision Mission" which completed preliminary study in lat e2006. Generation-X was approved in February 2008 as an Astrophysics Strategic Mission Concept Study (ASMCS) and is baselined as an X-ray observatory with 50 square meters of collecting area at 1 keV (500 times larger than Chandra) and 0.1 arcsecond angular resolution (several times better than Chandra and 50 times better than the Constellation-X resolution goal). Such a high energy observatory will be capable of detecting the earliest black holes and galaxies in the Universe, and will also study the chemical evolution of the Universe and extremes of density, gravity, magnetic fields, and kinetic energy which cannot be created in laboratories. A direct signature of the formation of the first galaxies, stars and black holes is predicted to be X-ray emission at characteristic X-ray temperatures of 0.1-1 keV from the collapsing proto-galaxies before they cool and form the first stars.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7011, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 701130 (15 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789359
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Scott J. Wolk, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Roger J. Brissenden, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Martin Elvis, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Guiseppina Fabbiano, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Ann E. Hornschemeier, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Stephen L. O'Dell, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Marshall W. Bautz, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (United States)
Daniel A. Schwartz, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Michael Juda, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7011:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Martin J. L. Turner; Kathryn A. Flanagan, Editor(s)

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