Status of the micro-X sounding rocket X-ray spectrometer

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

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016
Subtitle of host publicationUltraviolet to Gamma Ray
EditorsMarshall Bautz, Tadayuki Takahashi, Jan-Willem A. den Herder
ISBN (Electronic)9781510601895
StatePublished - 2016
EventSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: Jun 26 2016Jul 1 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


OtherSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Cryogenics
  • Micro-X
  • Microcalorimeter
  • Sounding Rocket
  • Transition Edge Sensors
  • X-ray astronomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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