1 August 2016 The X-Ray Surveyor mission concept study: forging the path to NASA astrophysics 2020 decadal survey prioritization
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The X-Ray Surveyor mission concept is unique among those being studied for prioritization in the NASA Astrophysics 2020 Decadal Survey. The X-Ray Surveyor mission will explore the high-energy Universe; providing essential and complimentary observations to the Astronomy Community. The NASA Astrophysics Roadmap (Enduring Quests, Daring Visions) describes the need for an X-Ray Observatory that is capable of addressing topics such as the origin and growth of the first supermassive black holes, galaxy evolution and growth of the cosmic structure, and the origin and evolution of the stars that make up our Universe. To address these scientifically compelling topics and more, an Observatory that exhibits leaps in capability over that of previous X-Ray Observatories in needed. This paper describes the current status of the X-Ray Surveyor Mission Concept Study and the path forward, which includes scientific investigations, technology development, and community participation.
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Jessica Gaskin, Feryal Özel, Alexey Vikhlinin, "The X-Ray Surveyor mission concept study: forging the path to NASA astrophysics 2020 decadal survey prioritization", Proc. SPIE 9904, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 99040N (1 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2240459; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2240459
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