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Title: BlackCAT CubeSat: a soft x-ray sky monitor, transient finder, and burst detector for high-energy and multimessenger astophysics

Abstract

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. This paper will give an overview of the instrument design and the scientific requirements of the proposed mission.

Authors:
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  1. Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA)
OSTI Identifier:
1565887
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-18-26344
Journal ID: ISSN 0277-786X ; 1996-756X (Electronic)
Grant/Contract Number:  
89233218CNA000001
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 10699; Conference: SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation , Austin, TX (United States), 10-15 June 2018; Journal ID: ISSN 0277-786X
Publisher:
SPIE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS; Astronomy and Astrophysics; X-ray Hybrid CMOS detector; CubeSat; SWide field imager; coded mask; X-ray transients

Citation Formats

Chattopadhyay, Tanmoy, Falcon, Abraham D., Burrows, David N., Fox, Derek B., and Palmer, David. BlackCAT CubeSat: a soft x-ray sky monitor, transient finder, and burst detector for high-energy and multimessenger astophysics. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1117/12.2314274.
Chattopadhyay, Tanmoy, Falcon, Abraham D., Burrows, David N., Fox, Derek B., & Palmer, David. BlackCAT CubeSat: a soft x-ray sky monitor, transient finder, and burst detector for high-energy and multimessenger astophysics. United States. doi:10.1117/12.2314274.
Chattopadhyay, Tanmoy, Falcon, Abraham D., Burrows, David N., Fox, Derek B., and Palmer, David. Fri . "BlackCAT CubeSat: a soft x-ray sky monitor, transient finder, and burst detector for high-energy and multimessenger astophysics". United States. doi:10.1117/12.2314274. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1565887.
@article{osti_1565887,
title = {BlackCAT CubeSat: a soft x-ray sky monitor, transient finder, and burst detector for high-energy and multimessenger astophysics},
author = {Chattopadhyay, Tanmoy and Falcon, Abraham D. and Burrows, David N. and Fox, Derek B. and Palmer, David},
abstractNote = {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. This paper will give an overview of the instrument design and the scientific requirements of the proposed mission.},
doi = {10.1117/12.2314274},
journal = {Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering},
number = ,
volume = 10699,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {7}
}

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