X-ray Quantum Calorimeter Project

The X-ray Quantum Calorimeter (XQC) project is a joint effort between the University of Wisconsin and Goddard Space Flight Center to resolve the spectrum of the soft (<1 keV) x-ray background using an array of very sensitive microcalorimeters. These microcalorimeters, which operate at a temperature of 60mK, provide an energy resolution of less than 10eV at 1/4 keV.

On June 3rd, 1996, the XQC was successfully launched in a sounding rocket from White Sands Missle Range. Other images of the launch may be found below or on GSFC's XQC Sounding Rocket Program homepage.

The project's supporting group at the University of Wisconsin includes:

The support group at Goddard Space Flight Center includes:

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This file was last updated Tuesday, July 1, 1997 by Bradford Benson.