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6 July 2018 BlackCAT CubeSat: a soft x-ray sky monitor, transient finder, and burst detector for high-energy and multimessenger astophysics
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Here we present the conceptual design of a wide field imager onboard a 6U class CubeSat platform for the study of GRB prompt and afterglow emission and detection of electromagnetic counterparts of gravitational waves in soft X-rays. The planned instrument configuration consists of an array of X-ray Hybrid CMOS detectors (HCD), chosen for their soft-X-ray response, flexible and rapid readout rate, and low power, which makes these detectors well suited for detecting bright transients on a CubeSat platform. The wide field imager is realized by a 2D coded mask. We will give an overview of the instrument design and the scientific requirements of the proposed mission
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Tanmoy Chattopadhyay, Abraham D. Falcon, David N. Burrows, Derek B. Fox, and David Palmer "BlackCAT CubeSat: a soft x-ray sky monitor, transient finder, and burst detector for high-energy and multimessenger astophysics", Proc. SPIE 10699, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 106995S (6 July 2018); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2314274
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