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Overview of the SAX x-ray instruments development
Author(s): Primo Attina; Ezio Alippi; P. Casoli; Anna Lenti; Franco Monzani; Jens Michael Poulsen
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Paper Abstract

SAX is a scientific satellite devoted to x-ray astronomy whose launch is planned for the beginning of 1996, with a minimum operational life of two years. The characteristics of the x- ray detectors on board SAX have been defined in such a way as to have complete energy coverage of x-ray emission from cosmic sources (energy range 0.1 - 300 keV) with moderate angular resolution (1 arcmin). This scientific instrument package will allow spectroscopic and variability studies of the cosmic sources. The SAX scientific instrument package is made up of the following x-ray instruments: (1) An imaging medium energy concentrator spectrometer, energy range 1.3 - 10 keV; (2) An imaging low energy concentrator spectrometer, energy range 0.1 - 10 keV; (3) A high pressure gas scintillator proportional counter, energy range 3.5 - 120 keV; (4) A phoswich detector system, energy range 15 - 300 keV; (5) Two wide field cameras, energy range 2 - 30 keV. Specific design and development problems for these instruments are reported.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 October 1995
PDF: 27 pages
Proc. SPIE 2517, X-Ray and EUV/FUV Spectroscopy and Polarimetry, (16 October 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.224919
Show Author Affiliations
Primo Attina, Alenia Spazio SpA (Italy)
Ezio Alippi, LABEN SpA (Italy)
P. Casoli, LABEN SpA (Italy)
Anna Lenti, LABEN SpA (Italy)
Franco Monzani, LABEN SpA (Italy)
Jens Michael Poulsen, LABEN SpA (Italy)


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

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