NSF National Science Foundation

NTD neutron transmutation doped

OSTP Office of Science and Technology Policy

PDR preliminary design review

PMS phase measurement system

PMT photo-multiplier tube

PS pre-stabilization

QE quantum efficiency

R&D research and development

RFI request for information

ROSAT Röntgensatellit

ROSES Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences

SAA South Atlantic Anomoly

SAIC Science Applications International Corporation

SAO Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

SBIR Small Business Innovation Research

SCUBA Sub-millimeter Common User Bolometer Array

SDSS Sloan Digital Sky Survey

SEUS Structure and Evolution of the Universe Subcommittee

SKA Square Kilometer Array

SMBH supermassive black hole

SN supernova

SNAP Supernova Acceleration Probe

SQUID Superconducting Quantum Interference Device

SSAC Space Science Advisory Committee

SwRI Southwest Research Institute

SXT Spectroscopic X-ray Telescope

TDI time-delayed interferometry

TE timed exposure

TES transition edge sensor

TMA three mirror astigmatic

TPF Terrestrial Planet Finder

TRDSS Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System

TRL Technology Readiness Level

ULE ultralow expansion

ULX ultraluminous x-ray source

VLT Very Large Telescope

VPM variable-delay polarization modulator

WFC wide-field camera

WHIM Warm-Hot Intergalactic Medium

WISE Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer

WL weak lensing

WMAP Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe

XEUS X-ray Evolving Universe Spectroscopy

XGS X-ray Grating Spectrometer

XMM-Newton X-ray Multi-Mirror Mission-Newton

XMS X-ray Microcalorimeter Spectrometer

XQC X-ray Quantum Calorimeter

XRS X-ray Spectrograph

XSS-11 Experimental Satellite System-11



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