17 September 2014 Technology requirements for a square meter, arcsecond resolution telescope for x-rays: the SMART-X mission
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Addressing the astrophysical problems of the 2020’s requires sub-arcsecond x-ray imaging with square meter effective area. Such requirements can be derived, for example, by considering deep x-ray surveys to find the young black holes in the early universe (large redshifts) which will grow into the first super-massive black holes. We have envisioned a mission, the Square Meter Arcsecond Resolution Telescope for X-rays (SMART-X), based on adjustable x-ray optics technology, incorporating mirrors with the required small ratio of mass to collecting area. We are pursuing technology which achieves sub-arcsecond resolution by on-orbit adjustment via thin film piezoelectric “cells” deposited directly on the non-reflecting sides of thin, slumped glass. While SMART-X will also incorporate state-of-the-art x-ray cameras, the remaining spacecraft systems have no requirements more stringent than those which are well understood and proven on the current Chandra X-ray Observatory.
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Daniel A. Schwartz, Daniel A. Schwartz, Ryan Allured, Ryan Allured, Jay A. Bookbinder, Jay A. Bookbinder, Vincenzo Cotroneo, Vincenzo Cotroneo, William R. Forman, William R. Forman, Mark D. Freeman, Mark D. Freeman, Stuart McMuldroch, Stuart McMuldroch, Paul B. Reid, Paul B. Reid, Harvey Tananbaum, Harvey Tananbaum, Alexey A. Vikhlinin, Alexey A. Vikhlinin, Raegan L. Johnson-Wilke, Raegan L. Johnson-Wilke, Susan E. Trolier-McKinstry, Susan E. Trolier-McKinstry, Rudeger H. T. Wilke, Rudeger H. T. Wilke, Thomas N Jackson, Thomas N Jackson, J. Israel Ramirez, J. Israel Ramirez, Mikhail V. Gubarev, Mikhail V. Gubarev, Jeffery J. Kolodziejczak, Jeffery J. Kolodziejczak, Stephen L. O'Dell, Stephen L. O'Dell, Brian D. Ramsey, Brian D. Ramsey, "Technology requirements for a square meter, arcsecond resolution telescope for x-rays: the SMART-X mission", Proc. SPIE 9208, Adaptive X-Ray Optics III, 920806 (17 September 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2063469; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2063469


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