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Development of a hard x-ray polycapillary telescope
Author(s): Michael H. Vartanian
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Paper Abstract

A development plan for an x-ray telescope based on polycapillary fiber optic technology is presented. The payload may be flown on either a sounding rocket for initial tests or on a balloon platform. For the latter, Fourier aperture synthesis imaging provides arcminute resolution over a fifteen arcminute field. The field-of-view is controllable to permit sensitive follow-up observations of localized sources. In this non-imaging mode, the telescope features high resolution spectrometry over an instrument bandpass from 3 to greater than or equal to 60 keV at a background level less than or equal to 5 milliCrab. Its continuum sensitivity for a 105 second observation with 1 keV binning is better than or comparable to HEXTE below 60 keV.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 October 1996
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2808, EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy VII, (31 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.256030
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Michael H. Vartanian, GE Corporate Research and Development Ctr. (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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