• Lynx Mission concept status

      Gaskin, Jessica A.; Allured, Ryan; Baysinger, Michael F.; Capizzo, Peter D.; Civitani, Marta M.; DeRoo, Casey T.; DiPirro, Michael J.; Figueroa-Feliciano, Enectali; Garcia, Jay C.; Heilmann, Ralf K.; et al. (SPIE-INT SOC OPTICAL ENGINEERING, 2017-09-19)
      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.