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, Keith Gendreau, Zaven Arzoumanian, Zaven Arzoumanian, Fumi Asami, Fumi Asami, Robert Baker, Robert Baker, Erin Balsamo, Erin Balsamo, Kevin Black, Kevin Black, Carlos Duran-Aviles, Carlos Duran-Aviles, Teruaki Enoto, Teruaki Enoto, Kyle Gregory, Kyle Gregory, Devin Hahne, Devin Hahne, Asami Hayato, Asami Hayato, Joe Hill, Joe Hill, Fred Huegel, Fred Huegel, Takanori Iwahashi, Takanori Iwahashi, Wataru Iwakiri, Wataru Iwakiri, Keith Jahoda, Keith Jahoda, Lalit Jalota, Lalit Jalota, Philip Kaaret, Philip Kaaret, Kenta Kaneko, Kenta Kaneko, Steven Kenyon, Steven Kenyon, Takao Kitaguchi, Takao Kitaguchi, Richard Koenecke, Richard Koenecke, Takayoshi Kohmura, Takayoshi Kohmura, Takashi Okajima, Takashi Okajima, Larry Olsen, Larry Olsen, F. Scott Porter, F. Scott Porter, Kurt Rush, Kurt Rush, Peter Serlemitsos, Peter Serlemitsos, Yang Soong, Yang Soong, Yoko Takeuchi, Yoko Takeuchi, Toru Tamagawa, Toru Tamagawa, Shin'ya Yamada, Shin'ya Yamada, Akifumi Yoshikawa, 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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