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SphinX x-ray spectrophotometer
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents assumptions to a PhD thesis. The thesis will be based on the construction of Solar Photometer in X-rays (SphinX). SphinX was an instrument developed to detect the soft X-rays from the Sun. It was flown on board the Russian CORONAS-Photon satellite from January 30, 2009 to the end of November, 2009. During 9 months in orbit SphinX provided an excellent and unique set of observations. It revealed about 750 flares and brightenings. The instrument observed in energy range 1.0 - 15.0 keV with resolution below ~0.5 keV. Here, the SphinX instrument objectives, design, performance and operation principle are described. Below results of mechanical and thermal – vacuum tests necessary to qualify the instrument to use in space environment are presented. Also the calibration results of the instrument are discussed. In particular detail it is described the Electrical Ground Support Equipment (EGSE) for SphinX. The EGSE was used for all tests of the instrument. At the end of the paper results obtained from the instrument during operation in orbit are discussed. These results are compared with the other similar measurements performed from the separate spacecraft instruments. It is suggested design changes in future versions of SphinX.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 November 2012
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8454, Photonics Applications in Astronomy, Communications, Industry, and High-Energy Physics Experiments 2012, 84540E (7 November 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.2000164
Show Author Affiliations
Mirosław Kowaliński, Space Research Ctr. (Poland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8454:
Photonics Applications in Astronomy, Communications, Industry, and High-Energy Physics Experiments 2012
Ryszard S. Romaniuk, Editor(s)

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