8-10 May 2017
Discovery Building
US/Central timezone

Dark Matter Searches with the Micro-X Sounding Rocket

8 May 2017, 15:42
Orchard View (Discovery Bldg)

Orchard View

Discovery Bldg

Dark Matter - Convenor: Carsten Rott, SKKU Dark Matter


Antonia Hubbard (Northwestern)


The Micro-X sounding rocket uses a Transition Edge Sensor (TES) array to make X-ray observations. The improved energy resolution of TESs compared to traditional space-based X-ray detectors brings new precision to both supernova observations and the X-ray search for sterile neutrino dark matter. Current X-ray observations disagree over the potential presence of a 3.5 keV X-ray line consistent with a sterile neutrino interaction, and Micro-X is in a unique position to establish or refute the presence of this line. We present the construction status of the instrument and expectations for flight observations, with special emphasis given to the prospects of sterile neutrino studies.

Primary author

Antonia Hubbard (Northwestern)

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