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Performance of the large-area position-sensitive x-ray detector of the SAX wide-field camera
Author(s): Willem A. Mels; H. B. Buurmans; R. Henderikus Jager; P. Lowes; A. P. Naber; A. Rook; R. Schuurhof; A. C. Brinkman
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Paper Abstract

A large area position sensitive x-ray detector system has been developed and built for the wide field cameras aboard the SAX satellite. This satellite will be launched early 1996. The detector is a sealed multiwire position sensitive proportional counter filled with 2 bar xenon gas. It has a sensitive area of 256 multiplied by 256 mm. The system covers the photon energy range of 1.8 to 30 keV. The position resolution is better than 0.5 mm for energies lower than 10 keV. The background rejection efficiency is better than 95%. The performance of the detector system is described. Pre-flight test and calibration results are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 October 1995
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2517, X-Ray and EUV/FUV Spectroscopy and Polarimetry, (16 October 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.224916
Show Author Affiliations
Willem A. Mels, Space Research Organisation of the Netherlands (Netherlands)
H. B. Buurmans, Space Research Organisation of the Netherlands (Netherlands)
R. Henderikus Jager, Space Research Organisation of the Netherlands (Netherlands)
P. Lowes, Space Research Organisation of the Netherlands (Netherlands)
A. P. Naber, Space Research Organisation of the Netherlands (Netherlands)
A. Rook, Space Research Organisation of the Netherlands (Netherlands)
R. Schuurhof, Space Research Organisation of the Netherlands (Netherlands)
A. C. Brinkman, Space Research Organisation of the Netherlands (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2517:
X-Ray and EUV/FUV Spectroscopy and Polarimetry
Silvano Fineschi, Editor(s)

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