17 September 2012 The x-ray advanced concepts testbed (XACT) sounding rocket payload
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The scientific objective of the X-ray Advanced Concepts Testbed (XACT) is to measure the X-ray polarization properties of the Crab Nebula, the Crab pulsar, and the accreting binary Her X-1. Polarimetry is a powerful tool for astrophysical investigation that has yet to be exploited in the X-ray band, where it promises unique insights into neutron stars, black holes, and other extreme-physics environments. With powerful new enabling technologies, XACT will demonstrate X-ray polarimetry as a practical and flight-ready astronomical technique. Additional technologies that XACT will bring to flight readiness will also provide new X-ray optics and calibration capabilities for NASA missions that pursue space-based X-ray spectroscopy, timing, and photometry.
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Keith Gendreau, Zaven Arzoumanian, Fumi Asami, Robert Baker, Erin Balsamo, Kevin Black, Carlos Duran-Aviles, Teruaki Enoto, Kyle Gregory, Devin Hahne, Asami Hayato, Joe Hill, Fred Huegel, Takanori Iwahashi, Wataru Iwakiri, Keith Jahoda, Lalit Jalota, Philip Kaaret, Kenta Kaneko, Steven Kenyon, Takao Kitaguchi, Richard Koenecke, Takayoshi Kohmura, Takashi Okajima, Larry Olsen, F. Scott Porter, Kurt Rush, Peter Serlemitsos, Yang Soong, Yoko Takeuchi, Toru Tamagawa, Shin'ya Yamada, Akifumi Yoshikawa, "The x-ray advanced concepts testbed (XACT) sounding rocket payload", Proc. SPIE 8443, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 84434V (17 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926418; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.926418


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