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The AXSIO mission and its technologies
Author(s): Jay Bookbinder; Robert Petre; Andrew Ptak; Randall K. Smith
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Paper Abstract

AXSIO’s two focal plane instruments (the imaging X-ray Microcalorimeter Spectrometer and the X-ray Grating Spectrometer) will deliver a 100-fold increase in capability over the current generation of instruments for high-resolution spectroscopy, microsecond spectroscopic timing, and high count rate capability. AXSIO covers the 0.1 - 12keV energy range, complementing the capabilities of the next generation observatories such as ALMA, LSST, JWST, and 30-m ground-based telescopes These instruments allow AXSIO to accomplish most of the IXO science goals at a significantly reduced complexity and cost. These capabilities will enable studies of a broad range of scientific questions such as what happens close to a black hole, how supermassive black holes grow, how large scale structure forms, and what are the connections between these processes?

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 September 2013
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8859, UV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XVIII, 885902 (26 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2024583
Show Author Affiliations
Jay Bookbinder, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Robert Petre, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Andrew Ptak, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Randall K. Smith, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8859:
UV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XVIII
Oswald H. Siegmund, Editor(s)

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