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Reflection Grating Spectrometer on board XMM
Author(s): A. C. Brinkman; Henry J. M. Aarts; Antonius J. F. den Boggende; T. M. V. Bootsma; Luc Dubbeldam; Jan-Willem den Herder; Jelle S. Kaastra; Piet A. J. de Korte; Boris van Leeuwen; Rolf Mewe; E. J. van Zwet; Todd A. Decker; Charles J. Hailey; Steven M. Kahn; Frits B. S. Paerels; Steven M. Pratuch; Andrew P. Rasmussen; Graziella Branduardi-Raymont; Phil R. Guttridge; Jay V. Bixler; Knud Thomsen; Alex Zehnder; Christian Erd
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Paper Abstract

The x-ray multi-mirror (XMM) mission is the second of four cornerstone projects of the ESA long-term program for space science, Horizon 2000. The payload comprises three co- aligned high-throughput, imaging telescopes with a FOV of 30 arcmin and spatial resolution less than 20 arcsec. Imaging CCD-detectors (EPIC) are placed in the focus of each telescope. Behind two of the three telescopes, about half the x-ray light is utilized by the reflection grating spectrometer (RGS). The x-ray instruments are co-aligned and measure simultaneously with an optical monitor (OM). The RGS instruments achieve high spectral resolution and high efficiency in the combined first and second order of diffraction in the wavelength range between 5 and 35 angstrom. The design incorporates an array of reflection gratings placed in the converging beam at the exit from the x-ray telescope. The grating stack diffracts the x-rays to an array of dedicated charge-coupled device (CCD) detectors offset from the telescope focal plane. The cooling of the CCDs is provided through a passive radiator. The design and performance of the instrument are described below.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 October 1996
PDF: 18 pages
Proc. SPIE 2808, EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy VII, (31 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.256019
Show Author Affiliations
A. C. Brinkman, Space Research Organization of the Netherlands (Netherlands)
Henry J. M. Aarts, Space Research Organization of the Netherlands (Netherlands)
Antonius J. F. den Boggende, Space Research Organization of the Netherlands (Netherlands)
T. M. V. Bootsma, Space Research Organization of the Netherlands (Netherlands)
Luc Dubbeldam, Space Research Organization of the Netherlands (Netherlands)
Jan-Willem den Herder, Space Research Organization of the Netherlands (Netherlands)
Jelle S. Kaastra, Space Research Organization of the Netherlands (Netherlands)
Piet A. J. de Korte, Space Research Organization of the Netherlands (Netherlands)
Boris van Leeuwen, Space Research Organization of the Netherlands (Netherlands)
Rolf Mewe, Space Research Organization of the Netherlands (Netherlands)
E. J. van Zwet, Space Research Organization of the Netherlands (Netherlands)
Todd A. Decker, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Charles J. Hailey, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Steven M. Kahn, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Frits B. S. Paerels, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Steven M. Pratuch, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Andrew P. Rasmussen, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Graziella Branduardi-Raymont, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Phil R. Guttridge, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Jay V. Bixler, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Knud Thomsen, Paul Scherrer Institute (Switzerland)
Alex Zehnder, Paul Scherrer Institute (Switzerland)
Christian Erd, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2808:
EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy VII
Oswald H. W. Siegmund; Mark A. Gummin, Editor(s)

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