The X-Ray Vision Workshop, held October 6-8, 2015, at the National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC, USA.
Meeting Abstract: The main purpose of the workshop is to discuss science topics relevant to an “X-ray Surveyor” mission. X-ray Surveyor is one of the large astrophysical mission concepts which may be studied by NASA in preparation for the 2020 U.S. Decadal Survey. The goal is for the observatory to have excellent (at least Chandra-like) angular resolution, while providing a factor of 30-100 higher throughput and a significantly larger field of view for sub-arcsec imaging. A suite of next-generation science instruments could include a high definition X-ray imager, a microcalorimeter with 1 arcsec pixels and high-efficiency gratings for R=5000 spectroscopy in the soft X-ray band. With these capabilities, the X-ray Surveyor will be able to detect and characterize extremely faint objects, as well as study physical processes in a very wide range of astrophysical settings.Read more