Lynx Mission concept status

Jessica A. Gaskin, Ryan Allured, Simon R. Bandler, Stefano Basso, Marshall W. Bautz, Michael F. Baysinger, Michael P. Biskach, Tyrone M. Boswell, Peter D. Capizzo, Kai Wing Chan, Marta M. Civitani, Lester M. Cohen, Vincenzo Cotroneo, Jacqueline M. Davis, Casey T. DeRoo, Michael J. Dipirro, Alexandra Dominguez, Leo L. Fabisinski, Abraham D. Falcone, Enectali Figueroa-FelicianoJay C. Garcia, Karen E. Gelmis, Ralf K. Heilmann, Randall C. Hopkins, Thomas Jackson, Kiranmayee Kilaru, Ralph P. Kraft, Tianning Liu, Ryan S. McClelland, Randy L. McEntaffer, Kevin S. McCarley, John A. Mulqueen, Feryal Özel, Giovanni Pareschi, Paul B. Reid, Raul E. Riveros, Mitchell A. Rodriguez, Justin W. Rowe, Timo T. Saha, Mark L. Schattenburg, Andrew R. Schnell, Daniel A. Schwartz, Peter M. Solly, Robert M. Suggs, Steven G. Sutherlin, Douglas A. Swartz, Susan Trolier-McKinstry, James H. Tutt, Alexey Vikhlinin, Julian Walker, Wonsik Yoon, William W. Zhang

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Lynx is a concept under study for prioritization in the 2020 Astrophysics Decadal Survey. Providing orders of magnitude increase in sensitivity over Chandra, Lynx will examine the first black holes and their galaxies, map the large-scale structure and galactic halos, and shed new light on the environments of young stars and their planetary systems. In order to meet the Lynx science goals, the telescope consists of a high-Angular resolution optical assembly complemented by an instrument suite that may include a High Definition X-ray Imager, X-ray Microcalorimeter and an X-ray Grating Spectrometer. The telescope is integrated onto the spacecraft to form a comprehensive observatory concept. Progress on the formulation of the Lynx telescope and observatory configuration is reported in this paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XX
EditorsOswald H. Siegmund
ISBN (Electronic)9781510612518
StatePublished - 2017
EventUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XX 2017 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Aug 6 2017Aug 8 2017

Publication series

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


OtherUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XX 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego


  • Large Mission Concept
  • Lynx X-ray Observatory
  • X-ray Surveyor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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