15 July 2008 The NeXT Mission
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The NeXT (New exploration X-ray Telescope), the new Japanese X-ray Astronomy Satellite following Suzaku, is an international X-ray mission which is currently planed for launch in 2013. NeXT is a combination of wide band X-ray spectroscopy (3-80 keV) provided by multi-layer coating, focusing hard X-ray mirrors and hard X-ray imaging detectors, and high energy-resolution soft X-ray spectroscopy (0.3-10 keV) provided by thin-foil X-ray optics and a micro-calorimeter array. The mission will also carry an X-ray CCD camera as a focal plane detector for a soft X-ray telescope and a non-focusing soft gamma-ray detector. With these instruments, NeXT covers very wide energy range from 0.3 keV to 600 keV. The micro-calorimeter system will be developed by international collaboration lead by ISAS/JAXA and NASA. The simultaneous broad bandpass, coupled with high spectral resolution of ΔE ~7 eV by the micro-calorimeter will enable a wide variety of important science themes to be pursued.
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Tadayuki Takahashi, Richard Kelley, Kazuhisa Mitsuda, Hideyo Kunieda, Robert Petre, Nicholas White, Tadayasu Dotani, Ryuichi Fujimoto, Yasushi Fukazawa, Kiyoshi Hayashida, Manabu Ishida, Yoshitaka Ishisaki, Motohide Kokubun, Kazuo Makishima, Katsuji Koyama, Greg M. Madejski, Koji Mori, Richard Mushotzky, Kazuhiro Nakazawa, Yasushi Ogasaka, Takaya Ohashi, Masanobu Ozaki, Hiroyasu Tajima, Makoto Tashiro, Yukikatsu Terada, Hiroshi Tsunemi, Takeshi Go Tsuru, Yoshihiro Ueda, Noriko Yamasaki, Shin Watanabe, "The NeXT Mission", Proc. SPIE 7011, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 70110O (15 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789640; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.789640
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