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6 July 2018 The Lynx X-ray Observatory: concept study overview and status
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Lynx, one of four strategic mission concepts under study for the 2020 Astrophysics Decadal Survey, will provide leaps in capability over previous and planned X-ray missions, and will provide synergistic observations in the 2030s to a multitude of space- and ground-based observatories across all wavelengths. Lynx will have orders of magnitude improvement in sensitivity, on-axis sub-arcsecond imaging with arcsecond angular resolution over a large field of view, and high-resolution spectroscopy for point-like and extended sources. The Lynx architecture enables a broad range of unique and compelling science, to be carried out mainly through a General Observer Program. This Program is envisioned to include detecting the very first supermassive black holes, revealing the high-energy drivers of galaxy and structure formation, characterizing the mechanisms that govern stellar activity - including effects on planet habitability, and exploring the highest redshift galaxy clusters. An overview and status of the Lynx concept are summarized.
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Jessica A. Gaskin, Alexandra Dominguez, Karen Gelmis, John (Jack) Mulqueen, Douglas Swartz, Kevin McCarley, Feryal Özel, Alexey Vikhlinin, Daniel Schwartz, Harvey Tananbaum, Gary Blackwood, Jonathan Arenberg, William Purcell, and Lynn Allen "The Lynx X-ray Observatory: concept study overview and status", Proc. SPIE 10699, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 106990N (6 July 2018); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2314149
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