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The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR)

Harrison, Fiona A. and Bhalereo, Varun and Cook, W. Rick and Grefenstette, Brian W. and Kitaguchi, Takeo and Madsen, Kristin Kruse and Mao, Peter H. and Miyasaka, Hiromasa and Rana, Vikram (2010) The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR). In: Space telescopes and instrumentation 2010 : ultraviolet to gamma ray. Proceedings of SPIE. No.7732. Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 77320S. ISBN 978-0-8194-8222-8.

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The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) is a NASA Small Explorer mission that will carry the rst focusing hard X-ray (6 - 80 keV) telescope to orbit. NuSTAR will oer a factor 50 - 100 sensitivity improvement compared to previous collimated or coded mask imagers that have operated in this energy band. In addition, NuSTAR provides sub-arcminute imaging with good spectral resolution over a 12-arcminute eld of view. After launch, NuSTAR will carry out a two-year primary science mission that focuses on four key programs: studying the evolution of massive black holes through surveys carried out in elds with excellent multiwavelength coverage, understanding the population of compact objects and the nature of the massive black hole in the center of the Milky Way, constraining the explosion dynamics and nucleosynthesis in supernovae, and probing the nature of particle acceleration in relativistic jets in active galactic nuclei. A number of additional observations will be included in the primary mission, and a guest observer program will be proposed for an extended mission to expand the range of scientic targets. The payload consists of two co-aligned depth-graded multilayer coated grazing incidence optics focused onto a solid state CdZnTe pixel detectors. To be launched in early 2012 on a Pegasus rocket into a low-inclination Earth orbit, NuSTAR largely avoids SAA passage, and will therefore have low and stable detector backgrounds. The telescope achieves a 10.14-meter focal length through on-orbit deployment of an extendable mast. An aspect and alignment metrology system enable reconstruction of the absolute aspect and variations in the telescope alignment resulting from mast exure during ground data processing. Data will be publicly available at GSFC's High Energy Archive Research Center (HEASARC) following validation at the science operations center located at Caltech.

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Harrison, Fiona A.0000-0003-2992-8024
Grefenstette, Brian W.0000-0002-1984-2932
Madsen, Kristin Kruse0000-0003-1252-4891
Miyasaka, Hiromasa0000-0002-8074-4186
Rana, Vikram0000-0003-1703-8796
Additional Information:© 2010 SPIE. The NuSTAR mission is funded by NASA through contract number NNG08FD60C. Additional contributions are provided by the Danish Technical University for optics coating and calibration and the Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI) for the Malindi ground station and ground data system development. Mission management is provided by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and program management provided by the Explorer Program Office at Goddard Space Flight Center.
Group:Space Radiation Laboratory, NuSTAR
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Danish Technical UniversityUNSPECIFIED
Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI)UNSPECIFIED
Subject Keywords:X-rays; gamma-rays; missions
Series Name:Proceedings of SPIE
Issue or Number:7732
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Official Citation:Fiona A. Harrison ; Steve Boggs ; Finn Christensen ; William Craig ; Charles Hailey ; Daniel Stern ; William Zhang ; Lorella Angelini ; Hongjun An ; Varun Bhalerao ; Nicolai Brejnholt ; Lynn Cominsky ; W. Rick Cook ; Melania Doll ; Paolo Giommi ; Brian Grefenstette ; Allan Hornstrup ; Vicky Kaspi ; Yunjin Kim ; Takeo Kitaguchi ; Jason Koglin ; Carl Christian Liebe ; Greg Madejski ; Kristin Kruse Madsen ; Peter Mao ; David Meier ; Hiromasa Miyasaka ; Kaya Mori ; Matteo Perri ; Michael Pivovaroff ; Simonetta Puccetti ; Vikram Rana and Andreas Zoglauer "The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR)", Proc. SPIE 7732, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 77320S (July 29, 2010); doi:10.1117/12.858065;
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:16 Mar 2011 23:02
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