Design and status of the micro-x microcalorimeter sounding rocket

A. J.F. Hubbard*, J. S. Adams, R. Baker, S. R. Bandler, N. Bastidon, M. E. Danowski, W. B. Doriese, E. Figueroa-Feliciano, D. C. Goldfinger, S. N.T. Heine, G. C. Hilton, R. L. Kelley, C. A. Kilbourne, R. E. Manzagol, D. McCammon, T. Okajima, F. S. Porter, C. D. Reintsema, P. Serlemitsos, S. J. SmithP. Wikus

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Abstract

The Micro-X High Resolution Microcalorimeter X-Ray Imaging Rocket is a sounding rocket mission that will observe Supernova Remnants and search for keV-scale sterile neutrino dark matter. Micro-X will combine the excellent energy resolution of Transition Edge Sensor microcalorimeters with the imaging capabilities of a conical imaging mirror to map extended and point X-ray sources with an unprecedented combination of energy and spatial resolution. The payload has been designed to operate in the challenging conditions of a sounding rocket flight and to achieve sensitive results, in a single five-minute exposure, for each of these science goals. Micro-X's unique design considerations are presented here, along with the status of the instrument and projections for the upcoming flights. The first Micro-X flight in 2018 will observe the Puppis A supernova remnant, where it will attain nearly 13,000 counts in the 300 s exposure. The second Micro-X flight will observe the Galactic Center to search for keV-scale dark matter and explore the nature of the unexplained 3.5 keV line observed by X-ray satellites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number012096
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Volume1342
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 20 2020
Event15th International Conference on Topics in Astroparticle and Underground Physics, TAUP 2017 - Sudbury, Canada
Duration: Jun 24 2017Jun 28 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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