The high definition x-ray imager (HDXI) instrument on the Lynx X-ray Surveyor

Abraham D. Falcone, Ralph P. Kraft, Marshall W. Bautz, Jessica A. Gaskin, John A. Mulqueen, Doug A. Swartz

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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The Lynx X-ray Surveyor Mission is one of 4 large missions being studied by NASA Science and Technology Definition Teams as mission concepts to be evaluated by the upcoming 2020 Decadal Survey. By utilizing optics that couple fine angular resolution (<0.5 arcsec HPD) with large effective area (∼2 m2 at 1 keV), Lynx would enable exploration within a unique scientific parameter space. One of the primary soft X-ray imaging instruments being baselined for this mission concept is the High Definition X-ray Imager, HDXI. This instrument would achieve fine angular resolution imaging over a wide field of view (∼ 22 × 22 arcmin, or larger) by using a finely-pixelated silicon sensor array. Silicon sensors enable large-format/small-pixel devices, radiation tolerant designs, and high quantum efficiency across the entire soft X-ray bandpass. To fully exploit the large collecting area of Lynx (∼30x Chandra), without X-ray event pile-up, the HDXI will be capable of much faster frame rates than current X-ray imagers. The planned requirements, capabilities, and development status of the HDXI will be described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018
Subtitle of host publicationUltraviolet to Gamma Ray
EditorsShouleh Nikzad, Jan-Willem A. Den Herder, Kazuhiro Nakazawa
ISBN (Print)9781510619517
StatePublished - 2018
EventSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray - Austin, United States
Duration: Jun 10 2018Jun 15 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


OtherSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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