Status Report

Micro-X Sounding Rocket: Transitioning from First Flight to a Dark Matter Configuration

By SpaceRef Editor
August 27, 2019
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J.S. Adams, A.J. Anderson, R. Baker, S.R. Bandler, N. Bastidon, D. Castro, M.E. Danowski, W.B. Doriese, M.E. Eckart, E. Figueroa-Feliciano, D.C. Goldfinger, S.N.T. Heine, G.C. Hilton, A.J.F. Hubbard, R.L. Kelley, C.A. Kilbourne, R.E. Manzagol-Harwood, D. McCammon, T. Okajima, F.S. Porter, C.D. Reintsema, P. Serlemitsos, S.J. Smith, P. Wikus

(Submitted on 22 Aug 2019)

The Micro-X sounding rocket flew for the first time on July 22, 2018, becoming the first program to fly Transition-Edge Sensors and multiplexing SQUID readout electronics in space. While a rocket pointing failure led to no time on-target, the success of the flight systems was demonstrated. The successful flight operation of the instrument puts the program in a position to modify the payload for indirect galactic dark matter searches. The payload modifications are motivated by the science requirements of this observation. Micro-X can achieve world-leading sensitivity in the keV regime with a single flight. Dark matter sensitivity projections have been updated to include recent observations and the expected sensitivity of Micro-X to these observed fluxes. If a signal is seen (as seen in the X-ray satellites), Micro-X can differentiate an atomic line from a dark matter signature.

Comments: Proceedings of the 18th International Workshop on Low Temperature Detectors (LTD18)

Subjects: Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM); High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena (astro-ph.HE); High Energy Physics – Experiment (hep-ex); Instrumentation and Detectors (physics.ins-det)

Cite as: arXiv:1908.09010 [astro-ph.IM] (or arXiv:1908.09010v1 [astro-ph.IM] for this version)

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From: Antonia Hubbard  

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