All-sky Medium Energy Gamma-ray Observatory eXplorer mission concept

Regina Caputo, Marco Ajello, Carolyn A. Kierans, Jeremy S. Perkins, Judith L. Racusin, Luca Baldini, Matthew G. Baring, Elisabetta Bissaldi, Eric Burns, Nicholas Cannady, Eric Charles, Rui M.Curado Da Silva, Ke Fang, Henrike Fleischhack, Chris Fryer, Yasushi Fukazawa, J. Eric Grove, Dieter Hartmann, Eric J. Howell, Manoj JadhavChristopher M. Karwin, Daniel Kocevski, Naoko Kurahashi, Luca Latronico, Tiffany R. Lewis, Richard Leys, Amy Lien, Lea Marcotulli, Israel Martinez-Castellanos, Mario Nicola Mazziotta, Julie McEnery, Jessica Metcalfe, Kohta Murase, Michela Negro, Lucas Parker, Bernard Phlips, Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, Soebur Razzaque, Peter S. Shawhan, Yong Sheng, Tom A. Shutt, Daniel Shy, Clio Sleator, Amanda L. Steinhebel, Nicolas Striebig, Yusuke Suda, Donggeun Tak, Hiro Tajima, Janeth Valverde, Tonia M. Venters, Zorawar Wadiasingh, Richard S. Woolf, Eric A. Wulf, Haocheng Zhang, Andreas Zoglauer

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Abstract

The All-sky Medium Energy Gamma-ray Observatory eXplorer (AMEGO-X) is designed to identify and characterize gamma rays from extreme explosions and accelerators. The main science themes include supermassive black holes and their connections to neutrinos and cosmic rays; binary neutron star mergers and the relativistic jets they produce; cosmic ray particle acceleration sources including galactic supernovae; continuous monitoring of other astrophysical events and sources over the full sky in this important energy range. AMEGO-X will probe the medium energy gamma-ray band using a single instrument with sensitivity up to an order of magnitude greater than previous telescopes in the energy range 100 keV to 1 GeV that can be only realized in space. During its 3-year baseline mission, AMEGO-X will observe nearly the entire sky every two orbits, building up a sensitive all-sky map of gamma-ray sources and emissions. AMEGO-X was submitted in the recent 2021 NASA MIDEX announcement of opportunity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number044003
JournalJournal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Instrumentation
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science

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