BlackCAT CubeSat: A soft x-ray sky monitor, transient finder, and burst detector for high-energy and multimessenger astophysics

Tanmoy Chattopadhyay, Abraham D. Falcon, David N. Burrows, Derek B. Fox, David Palmer

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Abstract

Here we present the conceptual design of a wide field imager onboard a 6U class CubeSat platform for the study of GRB prompt and afterglow emission and detection of electromagnetic counterparts of gravitational waves in soft X-rays. The planned instrument configuration consists of an array of X-ray Hybrid CMOS detectors (HCD), chosen for their soft-X-ray response, flexible and rapid readout rate, and low power, which makes these detectors well suited for detecting bright transients on a CubeSat platform. The wide field imager is realized by a 2D coded mask. We will give an overview of the instrument design and the scientific requirements of the proposed mission.

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
PublisherSPIE
ISBN (Print)9781510619517
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 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
Volume10699
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X

Other

OtherSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
CountryUnited States
CityAustin
Period6/10/186/15/18

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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    Chattopadhyay, T., Falcon, A. D., Burrows, D. N., Fox, D. B., & Palmer, D. (2018). BlackCAT CubeSat: A soft x-ray sky monitor, transient finder, and burst detector for high-energy and multimessenger astophysics. In S. Nikzad, J-W. A. Den Herder, & K. Nakazawa (Eds.), Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray [106995S] (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 10699). SPIE. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2314274