XRASE: The X-Ray Spectroscopic Explorer

H.W. Schnopper, E. Silver, S. Murray, S. Romaine, S. Bandler, C. Jones, W. Forman, N. Madden, J. Beeman, E. Haller, Freddy Christensen, Niels Jørgen Stenfeldt Westergaard, J. Fabregat, V. Reglero, A. Gimenez, N. Brosch, E. Liebowitz, H. Netzer, M. Barbera, A. ColluraS. Sciortino

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The X-Ray Spectroscopic Explorer (XRASE) has a unique combination of features that will make it possible to address many of NASA's scientific goals. These include how galaxy clusters form, the physics and chemistry of the ISM, the heating of stellar coronae, the amount and content of intergalactic baryonic matter, the mass of black holes and the formation of disks and jets in AGN and galactic binaries. XRASE has a thin foil, multilayered telescope with a large collecting area up to 10 keV, especially in the Fe K alpha region (1100 cm(2)). Its microcalorimeter array combines high energy resolution (7 eV at 6 keV) and efficiency with a field-of-view of 26 arcmin(2) . A deep orbit allows for long, continuous observations. Monitoring instruments in the optical (WOM-X), UV (TAUVEX) and hard X-RAY (GRAM) bands will offer exceptional opportunities to make simultaneous multi-wavelength observations.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAstrophysics and Space Science
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)49-65
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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