AAS 206th Meeting, 29 May - 2 June 2005
Session 15 Astronomical Instruments
Poster, Monday, 9:20am-6:30pm, Tuesday, 10:00am-7:00pm, May 30, 2005, Ballroom A

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[15.11] Progress in X-ray Microcalorimeter Research for Solar Physics at LMSAL

R.A. Stern, S. Deiker, D. Martinez-Galarce, A. Rausch, L. Shing, P. Boerner (LMSAL), B. Cabrera, S. Leman, P. Brink, S. Chakraborty (Stanford), K. Irwin (NIST), T.W. Barbee, II (Stanford)

LMSAL has begun a laboratory research program to develop TES (Transition Edge Sensor) microcalorimeter arrays for use in solar physics. We are currently testing TES arrays supplied by NIST. In addition, we have recently been funded under NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Research Program to begin work with NIST on position-sensitive X-ray strip detectors for solar physics applications. We are also collaborating with Stanford, LLNL, and NIST on a solar sounding rocket to perform soft X-ray imaging spectroscopy. In this poster, we will discuss the current status of this research and its applicability to future Explorers and Roadmap missions in the Sun-Solar System Connection research area.

This work was supported in part by the Lockheed Martin Independent Research Program.

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