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The NeXT Mission
Author(s): Tadayuki Takahashi; Richard Kelley; Kazuhisa Mitsuda; Hideyo Kunieda; Robert Petre; Nicholas White; Tadayasu Dotani; Ryuichi Fujimoto; Yasushi Fukazawa; Kiyoshi Hayashida; Manabu Ishida; Yoshitaka Ishisaki; Motohide Kokubun; Kazuo Makishima; Katsuji Koyama; Greg M. Madejski; Koji Mori; Richard Mushotzky; Kazuhiro Nakazawa; Yasushi Ogasaka; Takaya Ohashi; Masanobu Ozaki; Hiroyasu Tajima; Makoto Tashiro; Yukikatsu Terada; Hiroshi Tsunemi; Takeshi Go Tsuru; Yoshihiro Ueda; Noriko Yamasaki; Shin Watanabe
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Paper Abstract

The NeXT (New exploration X-ray Telescope), the new Japanese X-ray Astronomy Satellite following Suzaku, is an international X-ray mission which is currently planed for launch in 2013. NeXT is a combination of wide band X-ray spectroscopy (3-80 keV) provided by multi-layer coating, focusing hard X-ray mirrors and hard X-ray imaging detectors, and high energy-resolution soft X-ray spectroscopy (0.3-10 keV) provided by thin-foil X-ray optics and a micro-calorimeter array. The mission will also carry an X-ray CCD camera as a focal plane detector for a soft X-ray telescope and a non-focusing soft gamma-ray detector. With these instruments, NeXT covers very wide energy range from 0.3 keV to 600 keV. The micro-calorimeter system will be developed by international collaboration lead by ISAS/JAXA and NASA. The simultaneous broad bandpass, coupled with high spectral resolution of ΔE ~7 eV by the micro-calorimeter will enable a wide variety of important science themes to be pursued.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 2008
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 7011, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 70110O (15 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789640
Show Author Affiliations
Tadayuki Takahashi, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, JAXA (Japan)
Richard Kelley, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Kazuhisa Mitsuda, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, JAXA (Japan)
Hideyo Kunieda, Nagoya Univ. (Japan)
Robert Petre, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Nicholas White, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Tadayasu Dotani, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, JAXA (Japan)
Ryuichi Fujimoto, Kanazawa Univ. (Japan)
Yasushi Fukazawa, Hiroshima Univ. (Japan)
Kiyoshi Hayashida, Osaka Univ. (Japan)
Manabu Ishida, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, JAXA (Japan)
Yoshitaka Ishisaki, Tokyo Metropolitan Univ. (Japan)
Motohide Kokubun, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, JAXA (Japan)
Kazuo Makishima, Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
Katsuji Koyama, Kyoto Univ. (Japan)
Greg M. Madejski, Kavli Institute, Stanford Univ. (United States)
Koji Mori, Miyazaki Univ. (Japan)
Richard Mushotzky, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Kazuhiro Nakazawa, Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
Yasushi Ogasaka, Nagoya Univ. (Japan)
Takaya Ohashi, Tokyo Metropolitan Univ. (Japan)
Masanobu Ozaki, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, JAXA (Japan)
Hiroyasu Tajima, Kavli Institute, Stanford Univ. (United States)
Makoto Tashiro, Saitama Univ. (Japan)
Yukikatsu Terada, Saitama Univ. (Japan)
Hiroshi Tsunemi, Osaka Univ. (Japan)
Takeshi Go Tsuru, Kyoto Univ. (Japan)
Yoshihiro Ueda, Kyoto Univ. (Japan)
Noriko Yamasaki, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, JAXA (Japan)
Shin Watanabe, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, JAXA (Japan)


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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