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In-flight performances of grazing incidence x-ray optics on board the x-ray astronomy satellite BeppoSAX
Author(s): Giancarlo Conti; Lucio Chiappetti; Silvano Molendi; Bruno Sacco; Giancarlo Cusumano; Giovanni La Rosa; Maria Concetta Maccarone; T. Mineo; Giuliano Boella; Oberto Citterio
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Paper Abstract

The scientific instrumentation on board the x-ray astronomy satellite BeppoSAX, launched at the end of April 1996, includes four identical mirror units, each composed of 30 nested grazing incidence mirrors. The focal plane detectors are 3 identical position sensitive medium energy gas scintillation proportional counters, operating in the energy range 1.3 - 10 keV and 1 low energy gas scintillation proportional counter in the range 0.1 - 10 keV. During the science verification phase (July-November 96) a selected number of x-ray targets has been observed in order to have an in-flight calibration of the instrument. This paper describes some results with particular emphasis to the on axis and off axis behavior of the optical systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 July 1997
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3113, Grazing Incidence and Multilayer X-Ray Optical Systems, (11 July 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.278870
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Giancarlo Conti, Istituto di Fisica Cosmica (Italy)
Lucio Chiappetti, Istituto di Fisica Cosmica (Italy)
Silvano Molendi, Istituto di Fisica Cosmica (Italy)
Bruno Sacco, Istituto di Fisica Cosmica (Italy)
Giancarlo Cusumano, Istituto di Fisica Cosmica (Italy)
Giovanni La Rosa, Istituto di Fisica Cosmica (Italy)
Maria Concetta Maccarone, Istituto di Fisica Cosmica (Italy)
T. Mineo, Istituto di Fisica Cosmica (Italy)
Giuliano Boella, Univ. degli Studi di Milano (Italy)
Oberto Citterio, Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera/Milano (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3113:
Grazing Incidence and Multilayer X-Ray Optical Systems
Richard B. Hoover; Arthur B. C. Walker, Editor(s)

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