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Optical Engineering

X-ray Multi-mirror Mission (XMM-Newton) observatory
Author(s): David H. Lumb; Fred A. Jansen; Norbert Schartel
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Paper Abstract

X-ray Multi-mirror Mission (XMM-Newton) has been one of the most successful astronomy missions launched by the European Space Agency. The mission exploits innovative use of replication technology for the x-ray reflecting telescopes that has resulted in an unprecedented combination of effective area and resolution. Three telescopes are equipped with imaging cameras and spectrometers that operate simultaneously, together with a coaligned optical telescope. The key features of the payload are described, and the in-orbit performance and scientific achievements are summarized.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 February 2012
PDF: 11 pages
Opt. Eng. 51(1) 011009 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.51.1.011009
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 51, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
David H. Lumb, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Fred A. Jansen, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Norbert Schartel, European Space Agency (Spain)


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