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, Tadayuki Takahashi, Richard Kelley, Richard Kelley, Kazuhisa Mitsuda, Kazuhisa Mitsuda, Hideyo Kunieda, Hideyo Kunieda, Robert Petre, Robert Petre, Nicholas White, Nicholas White, Tadayasu Dotani, Tadayasu Dotani, Ryuichi Fujimoto, Ryuichi Fujimoto, Yasushi Fukazawa, Yasushi Fukazawa, Kiyoshi Hayashida, Kiyoshi Hayashida, Manabu Ishida, Manabu Ishida, Yoshitaka Ishisaki, Yoshitaka Ishisaki, Motohide Kokubun, Motohide Kokubun, Kazuo Makishima, Kazuo Makishima, Katsuji Koyama, Katsuji Koyama, Greg M. Madejski, Greg M. Madejski, Koji Mori, Koji Mori, Richard Mushotzky, Richard Mushotzky, Kazuhiro Nakazawa, Kazuhiro Nakazawa, Yasushi Ogasaka, Yasushi Ogasaka, Takaya Ohashi, Takaya Ohashi, Masanobu Ozaki, Masanobu Ozaki, Hiroyasu Tajima, Hiroyasu Tajima, Makoto Tashiro, Makoto Tashiro, Yukikatsu Terada, Yukikatsu Terada, Hiroshi Tsunemi, Hiroshi Tsunemi, Takeshi Go Tsuru, Takeshi Go Tsuru, Yoshihiro Ueda, Yoshihiro Ueda, Noriko Yamasaki, Noriko Yamasaki, Shin Watanabe, 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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