26 August 2016 Status of the micro-X sounding rocket x-ray spectrometer
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Abstract
Micro-X is a sounding rocket borne X-ray telescope that utilizes transition edge sensors to perform imaging spectroscopy with a high level of energy resolution. Its 2.1m focal length X-ray optic has an effective area of 300 cm2, a field of view of 11.8 arcmin, and a bandpass of 0.1–2.5 keV. The detector array has 128 pixels and an intrinsic energy resolution of 4.5 eV FWHM. The integration of the system has progressed with functional tests of the detectors and electronics complete, and performance characterization of the detectors is underway. We present an update of ongoing progress in preparation for the upcoming launch of the instrument.
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D. C. Goldfinger, J. S. Adams, R. Baker, S. R. Bandler, M. E. Danowski, W. B. Doriese, M. E. Eckart, E. Figueroa-Feliciano, G. C. Hilton, A. J. F. Hubbard, R. L. Kelley, C. A. Kilbourne, D. McCammon, T. Okajima, F. S. Porter, C. D. Reintsema, P. Serlemitsos, S. J. Smith, S. N. T. Heine, P. Wikus, "Status of the micro-X sounding rocket x-ray spectrometer", Proc. SPIE 9905, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 99054S (26 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2233299; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2233299
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