Jul 22 – 26, 2019
Europe/Rome timezone

Detector Performance in the Micro-X Telescope

Jul 23, 2019, 5:45 PM
1h 15m
Piazza Città di Lombardia (Milano)

Piazza Città di Lombardia


Piazza Città di Lombardia, 1, 20124 Milano MI
Poster Low Temperature Detector Applications Poster session


David C. Goldfinger (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University)


Micro-X is a sounding rocket borne instrument that uses a Transition Edge Sensor microcalorimeter array to perform high-resolution spectroscopy in the X-ray band. This instrument flew for the first time on July 22nd, 2018 from White Sands, New Mexico. An internal calibration source is used to compare data taken during pre-flight integration, flight, and after the successful post-flight recovery. Although a rocket software glitch during the flight led to a failure of the attitude control system so that no time was spent observing the target, these calibration data demonstrate the capabilities of this detector in a flight environment as well as its potential for future flights.

Student (Ph.D., M.Sc. or B.Sc.) Y
Less than 5 years of experience since completion of Ph.D Y

Primary author

David C. Goldfinger (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University)


Dr J. S. Adams (NASA GSFC) R. Baker (NASA Goddard Space Flight CenterGreenbeltUSA) Dr S. R. Bandler (NASA GSFC) N. Bastidon (Northwestern University) Dr M.E. Danowski (NASA Wallops Flight Facility Wallops Island USA) Dr W.B. Doriese (National Institute of Standards and Technology) Dr M. E. Eckart (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) Prof. E. Figueroa-Feliciano (Northwestern University) Dr S.N.T. Heine (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Gene Hilton (NIST Boulder) Dr A.J.F. Hubbard (Northwestern University) R. L. Kelley (NASA GSFC) Dr C. A. Kilbourne (NASA GSFC) Dr F. S. Porter (NASA GSFC) R.E. Manzagol-Harwood (Northwestern University) Dr D. McCammon (University of Wisconsin) Dr T. Okajima (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) C.D. Reintsema (National Institute of Standards and Technology) Dr S. J. Smith (NASA GSFC) Dr P. Serlemitsos (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) Dr P. Wikus (Bruker BioSpin AG)

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