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

  • 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. HubbardEmail author
  • 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
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Abstract

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.

Keywords

TES X-ray Sounding rocket Dark matter Sterile neutrino 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We gratefully acknowledge the technical support of Travis Coffroad, Ken Simms, Ernie Buchanan, Tomomi Watanabe, Kurt Jaehnig, Sam Gabelt, John Bussan, Frank Lantz, George Winkert, and the WFF team. Micro-X operates under NASA Grant 80NSSC18K1445. Part of this work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. S. Adams
    • 1
  • A. J. Anderson
    • 1
  • R. Baker
    • 1
  • S. R. Bandler
    • 1
  • N. Bastidon
    • 1
  • D. Castro
    • 1
  • M. E. Danowski
    • 1
  • W. B. Doriese
    • 1
  • M. E. Eckart
    • 1
  • E. Figueroa-Feliciano
    • 1
  • D. C. Goldfinger
    • 1
  • S. N. T. Heine
    • 1
  • G. C. Hilton
    • 1
  • A. J. F. Hubbard
    • 1
    Email author
  • R. L. Kelley
    • 1
  • C. A. Kilbourne
    • 1
  • R. E. Manzagol-Harwood
    • 1
  • D. McCammon
    • 1
  • T. Okajima
    • 1
  • F. S. Porter
    • 1
  • C. D. Reintsema
    • 1
  • P. Serlemitsos
    • 1
  • S. J. Smith
    • 1
  • P. Wikus
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA

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