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CUBIC: preflight calibration results and initial operations
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Paper Abstract

The cosmic unresolved background instrument using CCDs (CUBIC) was scheduled for launch on the Argentine/U.S. SAC-B satellite in October 1996. This instrument is designed to perform moderate resolution nondispersive x-ray spectroscopy of the diffuse x-ray background over the band 0.2 - 10.0 keV using state-of-the-art photon-counting CCDs. The instrument is optimized for spectroscopy of diffuse emission with a field of view approximately 5 degrees multiplied by 5 degrees below 1 keV and 10 degrees multiplied by 10 degrees above 3 keV. Here we discuss the present state of analysis of our preflight calibration data and present preliminary operational plans.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 October 1996
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2808, EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy VII, (31 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.256026
Show Author Affiliations
David N. Burrows, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Catherine E. Grant, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Laura J. Cawley, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Gordon P. Garmire, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Jeffrey A. Mendenhall, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
John A. Nousek, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Mark A. Skinner, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)


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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