Share Email Print
cover

Proceedings Paper

Progress on the Micro-X rocket payload
Author(s): E. Figueroa-Feliciano; P. Wikus; J. S. Adams; 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; S. W. Leman; A. Levine; M. Lowenstein; D. Martinez-Galarce; D. McCammon; R. Mushotzky; R. Petre; F. S. Porter; C. D. Reintsema; J. M. Rutherford; T. Saab; P. Serlemitsos; N. Schulz; R. Smith; J. N. Ullom
Format Member Price Non-Member Price
PDF $14.40 $18.00
cover GOOD NEWS! Your organization subscribes to the SPIE Digital Library. You may be able to download this paper for free. Check Access

Paper Abstract

The Micro-X High Resolution Microcalorimeter X-ray Imaging Rocket is 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. Our first target is the Puppis A supernova remnant, which will be observed in January 2011. The Micro-X observation of the bright eastern knot of Puppis A will obtain a line-dominated spectrum with up to 90,000 counts collected in 300 seconds at 2 eV resolution across the 0.3-2.5 keV band. Micro-X will utilize plasma 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. We describe the progress made in developing this payload, including the detector, cryogenics, and electronics assemblies. A detailed modeling effort has been undertaken to design a rocket-bourne adiabatic demagnetization refrigerator with sufficient magnetic shielding to allow stable operation of transition edge sensors, and the associated rocket electronics have been prototyped and tested.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 2008
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7011, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 70113U (15 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789904
Show Author Affiliations
E. Figueroa-Feliciano, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (United States)
P. Wikus, MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (United States)
J. S. Adams, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Univ. of Maryland, College Park (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)
S. W. Leman, MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (United States)
A. Levine, MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (United States)
M. Lowenstein, 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. Reintsema, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
J. M. Rutherford, Massachusetts Institute of 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. 7011:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Martin J. L. Turner; Kathryn A. Flanagan, Editor(s)

© SPIE. Terms of Use
Back to Top