13 June 2006 The new XEUS science case
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XEUS is the potential successor to ESA's XMM-Newton X-ray observatory and is being proposed in response to the Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 long term plan for ESA's Science Programme. A new mission configuration was developed in the last year, accommodating the boundary conditions of a European-led mission with a formation-flying mirror and detector spacecraft in L2 with a focal length of 35m and an effective area of >5 m2 at 1 keV. Here the new capabilities are compared with the key scientific questions presented to the Cosmic Vision exercise: the evolution of large scale structure and nucleosynthesis, the co-evolution of supermassive black holes and their host galaxies, and the study of matter under extreme conditions.
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G. Hasinger, G. Hasinger, M. Arnaud, M. Arnaud, X. Barcons, X. Barcons, D. Barret, D. Barret, J. A. Bleeker, J. A. Bleeker, H. Böhringer, H. Böhringer, A. Comastri, A. Comastri, A. C. Fabian, A. C. Fabian, J. S. Kaastra, J. S. Kaastra, H. Kunieda, H. Kunieda, M. Mendez, M. Mendez, A. N. Parmar, A. N. Parmar, G. G. C. Palumbo, G. G. C. Palumbo, T. Takahashi, T. Takahashi, M. J. L. Turner, M. J. L. Turner, } "The new XEUS science case", Proc. SPIE 6266, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation II: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 62661N (13 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.672919; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.672919
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