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European Photon Imaging Camera for x-ray astronomy
Author(s): Giovanni Fabrizio Bignami; Gabriele E. Villa; Giuliano Boella; Giuseppe Bonelli; Patricia A. Caraveo; Lucio Chiappetti; E. M. Quadrini; Guido Di Cocco; Massimo Trifoglio; Pietro Ubertini; Giovanni Peres; Salvatore Sciortino; Salvatore Serio; G. Vaiana; R. Rothenflug; Laurent G. Vigroux; L. Koch; Yvon Rio; Claude Pigot; Jacky B. Cretolle; Alan H. Gabriel; B. H. Foing; Jean-Luc Atteia; Jean-Pierre Roques; Heinrich W. Braeuninger; W. Pietsch; Peter Predehl; Claus Reppin; Lothar Strueder; Joachim E. Truemper; Gerhard Lutz; Eckhard Kendziorra; Ruediger Staubert; Andrew D. Holland; Richard E. Cole; Alan A. Wells; K. A. Pounds; David H. Lumb; John P. Pye; Martin J. L. Turner; C. V. Goodall; T. J. Ponman; Gerald K. Skinner; A. P. Willmore
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Paper Abstract

The capabilities of the European Photon Imaging Camera (EPIC), the main instrument of ESA's 'Cornerstone' mission in X-ray astronomy with multiple mirrors (XMM), are discussed. The CCD characteristics, spatial resolution, energy bandpass and faint source sensitivity, spectral resolution and sensitivity, and timing capability are addressed, and the scientific rationale of the EPIC is summarized. The EPIC instrument system concept is briefly described.

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Date Published: 1 November 1990
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1344, EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy, (1 November 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.23247
Show Author Affiliations
Giovanni Fabrizio Bignami, IFCTR (Italy)
Gabriele E. Villa, IFCTR (Italy)
Giuliano Boella, IFCTR (Italy)
Giuseppe Bonelli, IFCTR (Italy)
Patricia A. Caraveo, IFCTR (Italy)
Lucio Chiappetti, IFCTR (Italy)
E. M. Quadrini, IFCTR (Italy)
Guido Di Cocco, ITESRE (Italy)
Massimo Trifoglio, ITESRE (Italy)
Pietro Ubertini, Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale (Italy)
Giovanni Peres, OA (Italy)
Salvatore Sciortino, OA (Italy)
Salvatore Serio, OA (Italy)
G. Vaiana, OA (Italy)
R. Rothenflug, CEA Saclay (France)
Laurent G. Vigroux, CEA Saclay (France)
L. Koch, CEA Saclay (France)
Yvon Rio, CEA Saclay (France)
Claude Pigot, CEA Saclay (France)
Jacky B. Cretolle, CEA Saclay (France)
Alan H. Gabriel, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale/CNRS (France)
B. H. Foing, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale/CNRS (France)
Jean-Luc Atteia, CESR (France)
Jean-Pierre Roques, CESR (France)
Heinrich W. Braeuninger, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Physik und Astrophysik (Germany)
W. Pietsch, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Physik und Astrophysik (Germany)
Peter Predehl, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Physik und Astrophysik (Germany)
Claus Reppin, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Physik und Astrophysik (Germany)
Lothar Strueder, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Physik und Astrophysik (Germany)
Joachim E. Truemper, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Physik und Astrophysik (Germany)
Gerhard Lutz, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Physik und Astrophysik (Germany)
Eckhard Kendziorra, AI (Germany)
Ruediger Staubert, AI (Germany)
Andrew D. Holland, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Richard E. Cole, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Alan A. Wells, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
K. A. Pounds, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
David H. Lumb, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
John P. Pye, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Martin J. L. Turner, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
C. V. Goodall, Univ. of Birmingham (United Kingdom)
T. J. Ponman, Univ. of Birmingham (United Kingdom)
Gerald K. Skinner, Univ. of Birmingham (United Kingdom)
A. P. Willmore, Univ. of Birmingham (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1344:
EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy
Oswald H. W. Siegmund; Hugh S. Hudson, Editor(s)

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