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2019 Government and Commercial Invention of the Year

05.28.2019
Congratulations to Keith Gendreau (Code 662), Zaven Arzoumanian (Code 662), and Steven Kenyon (Code 543). NASA’s Inventions and Contributions Board have selected the winner for the 2019 Government and Commercial Invention of the Year, and the winner is Miniaturized High Speed Modulated X-Ray source (MXS).

Developed in support of the NICER instrument, the MXS is a small, low cost option for high-speed modulation of X-ray intensity. The miniaturized X-ray source can be modulated in intensity from completely off to full intensity, over 100 keV, on subnanosecond timescales. The high speed switching capability and miniature size make possible many new technologies including X-ray-based communication, compact time resolved X-ray diffraction, novel X-ray fluorescence instruments, low precise dose medical X-rays, and more.

Thank you Keith, Zaven and Steve for representing Goddard while advancing research and development in a field that benefits all of us.

NICER Nominated for Rotary National Award for Space Achievement

02.07.2019
photo of Avi and Elisa with Science-on-a-sphere NICER has been nominated for the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement Foundation's prestigious Stellar Award in recognition of recognizes the NICER team’s hard work and exceptional accomplishments. The PI, Dr. Keith Gendreau, and a guest are invited as representatives of the team to attend the 33rd annual Space Awards Gala, to be held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Houston, Texas, on April 26. They are also invited to participate in a tour of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, followed by a luncheon at the Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake on the day of the gala, when the Stellar Award winners will be announced.
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Overview

The X-ray Astrophysics Laboratory conducts investigations of a broad range of astronomical systems through detection and analysis of their X-ray emission and other radiation they emit. Objects studied range from nearby solar system objects to cosmological structures. Researchers at the Laboratory investigate the physics of extreme environments, such as those near the event horizons of black holes, and the evolution of stars, galaxies, and large-scale structures.

The Laboratory is the preeminent developer of state-of-the-art X-ray astronomical detectors and optical systems for performing precise spectroscopy, polarimetry, timing, and imaging. These instruments have been employed in numerous suborbital applications (sounding rockets and balloons) and orbiting observatories.

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