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High-resolution camera (HRC) on the Advanced X-Ray Astrophysics Facility (AXAF)
Author(s): Martin V. Zombeck; John H. Chappell; Almus T. Kenter; Randall W. Moore; Stephen S. Murray; George W. Fraser; Salvatore Serio
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Paper Abstract

The Advanced X-ray Astrophysics Facility (AXAF) is a major NASA space observatory and is scheduled for launch in 1998. AXAF will perform high spatial and spectral resolution observations of celestial sources in the soft x-ray band 0.1 - 10 keV. The high resolution camera (HRC) is one of two focal plane instruments being developed for the AXAF. The HRC will be capable of observing point and extended sources with high sensitivity and high spatial resolution and will be used to record the high resolution spectra produced by an objective transmission grating. The HRC is based on microchannel plates (MCPs). We describe the design and development of the HRC, its expected performance, and some of its observational goals. The HRC consists of two separate detectors, HRC-I (imaging) and HRC-S (spectroscopy). HRC-I is used for imaging and has a field of view of 31 arc min by 31 arc min and a spatial resolution of less than 25 micrometers (equivalent to less than 0.5 arc sec). HRC- S is optimized to readout the spectrum of AXAF's low energy transmission grating (LETG) and this combination will achieve resolving powers in excess of 1000 at low energies and cover a wavelength range of 4 to 140 angstroms.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 1995
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2518, EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy VI, (1 September 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.218408
Show Author Affiliations
Martin V. Zombeck, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
John H. Chappell, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Almus T. Kenter, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Randall W. Moore, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Stephen S. Murray, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
George W. Fraser, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Salvatore Serio, Istituto e Osservatorio Astronomico G.S. Vaiana (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2518:
EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy VI
Oswald H. W. Siegmund; John V. Vallerga, Editor(s)

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