DXL: A sounding rocket mission for the study of solar wind charge exchange and local hot bubble X-ray emission

Massimiliano Galeazzi, Meng Chiao, Michael R. Collier, Thomas Cravens, Dimitra Koutroumpa, Kip D. Kuntz, Susan Lepri, Dan McCammon, Frederick S. Porter, Krishna Prasai, Ina Robertson, Steve Snowden, Youaraj Uprety

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Abstract

The Diffuse X-rays from the Local galaxy (DXL) mission is an approved sounding rocket project with a first launch scheduled around December 2012. Its goal is to identify and separate the X-ray emission generated by solar wind charge exchange from that of the local hot bubble to improve our understanding of both. With 1,000 cm2 proportional counters and grasp of about 10 cm2 sr both in the 1/4 and 3/4 keV bands, DXL will achieve in a 5-min flight what cannot be achieved by current and future X-ray satellites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-99
Number of pages17
JournalExperimental Astronomy
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2011

Keywords

  • Diffuse X-ray background
  • Local hot bubble
  • Solar wind charge exchange
  • X-ray

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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    Galeazzi, M., Chiao, M., Collier, M. R., Cravens, T., Koutroumpa, D., Kuntz, K. D., Lepri, S., McCammon, D., Porter, F. S., Prasai, K., Robertson, I., Snowden, S., & Uprety, Y. (2011). DXL: A sounding rocket mission for the study of solar wind charge exchange and local hot bubble X-ray emission. Experimental Astronomy, 32(2), 83-99. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10686-011-9249-y