Performance of kilo-pixel arrays of transition-edge-sensor x-ray microcalorimeters for the International X-ray Observatory
Publication date: 01 September 2010
The International X-ray Observatory (IXO) mission is currently being formulated by NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency. One of IXO's primary instruments will be the X-ray Microcalorimeter Spectrometer (XMS), a high-resolution imaging spectrometer with a 5 arcminute field of view and an energy resolution of 2.5 eV at 6 keV. Our team, a collaboration between NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is working to develop the detector and read-out technology that will meet the mission's requirements.
This paper was presented at the SPIE conference on Astronomical Instrumentation 2010 conference.