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The FORCE mission: science aim and instrument parameter for broadband x-ray imaging spectroscopy with good angular resolution
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Paper Abstract

FORCE is a 1.2 tonnes small mission dedicated for wide-band fine-imaging x-ray observation. It covers from 1 to 80 keV with a good angular resolution of 15′′ half-power-diameter. It is proposed to be launched around mid2020s and designed to reach a limiting sensitivity as good as FX(10 − 40 keV) = 3 × 10−15 erg cm−2 s −1 keV−1 within 1 Ms. This number is one order of magnitude better than current best one. With its high-sensitivity wideband coverage, FORCE will probe the new science field of “missing BHs”, searching for families of black holes of which populations and evolutions are not well known. Other point-source and diffuse-source sciences are also considered. FORCE will also provide the “hard x-ray coverage” to forthcoming large soft x-ray observatories.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 2018
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 10699, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 106992D (6 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2309344
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Kazuhiro Nakazawa, The Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
Koji Mori, Univ. of Miyazaki (Japan)
Takeshi G. Tsuru, Kyoto Univ. (Japan)
Yoshihiro Ueda, Kyoto Univ. (Japan)
Hisamitsu Awaki, Ehime Univ. (Japan)
Yasushi Fukazawa, Hiroshima Univ. (Japan)
Manabu Ishida, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (Japan)
Hironori Matsumoto, Osaka Univ. (Japan)
Hiroshi Murakami, Tohoku Gakuin Univ. (Japan)
Takashi Okajima, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Tadayuki Takahashi, The Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
Hiroshi Tsunemi, Osaka Univ. (Japan)
William W. Zhang, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10699:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Jan-Willem A. den Herder; Shouleh Nikzad; Kazuhiro Nakazawa, Editor(s)

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