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9 September 2019 The Lynx X-Ray Observatory: Science Drivers
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Lynx is a powerful, next-generation X-ray observatory that will provide orders of magnitude increases in capability relative to previous and other planned X-ray missions. Its unprecedented views of the X-ray universe will provide essential insights into the fundamental role played by high-energy processes in virtually every aspect of astrophysics, insights available from none of the other highly ambitious space- and ground-based observatories planned for the 2030s and beyond. Lynx is a flagship mission operating as a general observatory with almost all science observations carried out via a competed and peer-reviewed General Observer (GO) program. The Lynx architecture has been designed to enable highly challenging observations in each of three broad science pillars: detecting and understanding the seeds of the first supermassive black holes, characterizing physics of the energetic processes that drive galaxy formation and evolution, and probing the broad range of high-energy processes that shape stellar birth and death, internal stellar structure, star-planet interactions, and the origin of elements.
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M. W. Bautz "The Lynx X-Ray Observatory: Science Drivers", Proc. SPIE 11118, UV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XXI, 111180J (9 September 2019); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2534555
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