Update on the micro-x sounding rocket payload

E. Figueroa-Feliciano*, J. S. Adams, R. Baker, S. R. Bandler, D. Dewey, W. B. Doriese, M. E. Eckart, R. Hamersma, G. C. Hilton, U. Hwang, K. D. Irwin, R. L. Kelley, C. A. Kilbourne, S. E. Kissel, S. W. Leman, D. McCammon, P. H H Oakley, T. Okajima, H. RO'Neal, R. PetreF. S. Porter, C. D. Reintsema, J. M. Rutherford, T. Saabh, P. Serlemitsos, Y. Soong, S. N. Trowbridge, P. Wikus

*Corresponding author for this work

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The Micro-X High Resolution Microcalorimeter X-ray Imaging Rocket is a sounding rocket experiment that will combine a transition-edge-sensor X-ray-microcalorimeter array with a conical imaging mirror to obtain highspectral-si resolution images of extended X-ray sources. The target for Micro-X's first ight (slated for January 2013) is the Puppis A supernova remnant. The Micro-X observation of the bright eastern knot of Puppis A will obtain a line-dominated spectrum with up to 27,000 counts collected in 300 seconds at 2 eV resolution across the 0.3-2.5 keV band. Micro-X will determine the thermodynamic and ionization state of the plasma, search for line shifts and broadening associated with dynamical processes, and seek evidence of ejecta enhancement. We describe the progress made in developing this payload, including the detector, cryogenics, and electronics assemblies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012
Subtitle of host publicationUltraviolet to Gamma Ray
StatePublished - 2012
EventSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Jul 1 2012Jul 6 2012

Publication series

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


OtherSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray


  • Icrocalorimeter
  • Puppis A
  • Sounding Rockets
  • Supernova Remnants
  • Transition Edge Sensor
  • X-ray

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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