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18 July 2000 The Maxim Pathfinder Mission: x-ray imaging at 100 micro-arcseconds
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Ultra-high resolution imaging in the x-ray has the potential to revolutionize the way astronomers view the heavens. Through the use of interferometry at grazing incidence we can image the x-ray sky at the milli-arcsecond (or better) level. In this paper we describe the baseline design of the Maxim Pathfinder Mission, which will be the first interferometric x-ray observatory whose goal is to image the sky at 100 micro-arcsecond resolution in the 0.5 - 1.5 keV band with about 100 cm2 of collecting area. This resolution is adequate to image the coronae of nearby stars and the accretion disks of quasars.
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Webster C. Cash, Nicholas White, and Marshall K. Joy "The Maxim Pathfinder Mission: x-ray imaging at 100 micro-arcseconds", Proc. SPIE 4012, X-Ray Optics, Instruments, and Missions III, (18 July 2000); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.391561
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