8th HEAD Meeting, 8-11 September, 2004
Session 12 Generation-X Workshop
Oral, Wednesday, September 8, 2004, 6:00-8:00pm

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[12.01] The Generation-X Vision Mission Study

R. J. Brissenden (Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory), Gen-X Team

The Generation-X Vision Mission has been selected by NASA to investigate a concept for a next generation X-ray telescope designed to study the very early universe with 1000-times greater sensitivity than current X-ray telescopes. The scientific goals for Gen-X include studying the first generations of stars and black holes in the epoch z=10-20, the evolution of black holes and galaxies from high z to the present, the chemical evolution of the universe and the properties of matter under extreme conditions. The key parameters required to meet these goals define a challenging mission and include an effective area of 100 m2 at 1 keV, and an angular resolution (HPD) of 0.1 arcsec over an energy band of 0.1-10 keV. We discuss the plan and organization of the Gen-X study, the trace of science requirements to the key mission parameters, and provide an overview of the science, technology and mission studies to be performed.

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