The X-ray surveyor mission concept study: Forging the path to NASA astrophysics 2020 decadal survey prioritization

Jessica Gaskin, Feryal Ozel, Alexey Vikhlinin

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Abstract

The X-Ray Surveyor mission concept is unique among those being studied for prioritization in the NASA Astrophysics 2020 Decadal Survey. The X-Ray Surveyor mission will explore the high-energy Universe; providing essential and complimentary observations to the Astronomy Community. The NASA Astrophysics Roadmap (Enduring Quests, Daring Visions) describes the need for an X-Ray Observatory that is capable of addressing topics such as the origin and growth of the first supermassive black holes, galaxy evolution and growth of the cosmic structure, and the origin and evolution of the stars that make up our Universe. To address these scientifically compelling topics and more, an Observatory that exhibits leaps in capability over that of previous X-Ray Observatories in needed. This paper describes the current status of the X-Ray Surveyor Mission Concept Study and the path forward, which includes scientific investigations, technology development, and community participation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
PublisherSPIE
Volume9904
ISBN (Electronic)9781510601871
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016
EventSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: Jun 26 2016Jul 1 2016

Other

OtherSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityEdinburgh
Period6/26/167/1/16

Keywords

  • NASA astrophysics mission concept study
  • X-Ray astronomy
  • X-ray surveyor

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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    Gaskin, J., Ozel, F., & Vikhlinin, A. (2016). The X-ray surveyor mission concept study: Forging the path to NASA astrophysics 2020 decadal survey prioritization. In Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave (Vol. 9904). [99040N] SPIE. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2240459