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The proposed high-energy telescope (HET) for EXIST
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The hard X-ray sky now being studied by INTEGRAL and Swift and soon by NuSTAR is rich with energetic phenomena and highly variable non-thermal phenomena on a broad range of timescales. The High Energy Telescope (HET) on the proposed Energetic X-ray Imaging Survey Telescope (EXIST) mission will repeatedly survey the full sky for rare and luminous hard X-ray phenomena at unprecedented sensitivities. It will detect and localize (<20", at 5σ threshold) X-ray sources quickly for immediate followup identification by two other onboard telescopes - the Soft X-ray imager (SXI) and Optical/Infrared Telescope (IRT). The large array (4.5 m2) of imaging (0.6 mm pixel) CZT detectors in the HET, a coded-aperture telescope, will provide unprecedented high sensitivity (~0.06 mCrab Full Sky in a 2 year continuous scanning survey) in the 5 - 600 keV band. The large field of view (90° × 70°) and zenith scanning with alternating-orbital nodding motion planned for the first 2 years of the mission will enable nearly continuous monitoring of the full sky. A 3y followup pointed mission phase provides deep UV-Optical-IR-Soft X-ray and Hard X-ray imaging and spectroscopy for thousands of sources discovered in the Survey. We review the HET design concept and report the recent progress of the CZT detector development, which is underway through a series of balloon-borne wide-field hard X-ray telescope experiments, ProtoEXIST. We carried out a successful flight of the first generation of fine pixel large area CZT detectors (ProtoEXIST1) on Oct 9, 2009. We also summarize our future plan (ProtoEXIST2 & 3) for the technology development needed for the HET.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 July 2010
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7732, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 77321Y (29 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857713
Show Author Affiliations
J. Hong, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
J. Grindlay, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
B. Allen, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
G. Skinner, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
S. Barthelmy, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
N. Gehrels, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
A. Garson, Washington Univ. in St. Louis (United States)
H. Krawczynski, Washington Univ. in St. Louis (United States)
W. Cook, California Institute of Technology (United States)
F. Harrison, California Institute of Technology (United States)
L. Natalucci, INAF - IASF Roma (Italy)
P. Ubertini, INAF - IASF Roma (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7732:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Monique Arnaud; Stephen S. Murray; Tadayuki Takahashi, Editor(s)

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