AAS Meeting #193 - Austin, Texas, January 1999
Session 66. X-Ray/Gamma-Ray Detectors
Display, Friday, January 8, 1999, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall 1

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[66.11] XRASE, The X-Ray Spectroscopic Explorer

E. Silver (SAO), XRASE Collaboration

The X-Ray Spectroscopic Explorer (XRASE) provides a unique combination of features that make it possible to address many of NASA's scientific goals. XRASE can study how galaxy clusters form, the physics and chemistry of supernovae and the ISM, the heating of stellar coronae, the content of the intergalactic medium, masses 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\sp{2}). Its microcalorimeter array combines high energy resolution (7 eV at 6 keV) and efficiency with a field-of-view of 26 arcmin\sp{2}. Long, continuous observations are feasible due to its high earth orbit and simultaneous monitoring in the optical, UV and hard x-ray bands will offer exceptional opportunities to obtain multi-wavelength observations.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: esilver@cfa.harvard.edu

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