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AXAF High-Resolution Camera (HRC): calibration and recalibration at XRCF and beyond
Author(s): Stephen S. Murray; John H. Chappell; Almus T. Kenter; K. Kobayashi; Ralph Porter Kraft; G. R. Meehan; Martin V. Zombeck; George W. Fraser; James F. Pearson; John Ernest Lees; Adam N. Brunton; Sarah E. Pearce; Marco Barbera; Alfonso Collura; Salvatore Serio
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Paper Abstract

The high resolution camera (HRC) is a microchannel plate based imaging detector for the Advanced X-Ray Astrophysics Facility (AXAF) that will be placed in a high earth orbit scheduled for launch in August, 1998. An end-to-end calibration of the HRC and the AXAF high resolution mirror assembly (HRMA) was carried out at the Marshall Space Flight Center's X-Ray Calibration Facility (XRCF). This activity was followed by several modifications to the HRC to improve its performance, and a series of flat field calibrations. In this paper, and the following companion papers, we discuss the calibration plans, sequences, and results of these tests. At the time of this conference, the HRC has been fully flight qualified and is being integrated into the science instrument module (SIM) in preparation for integration into the AXAF spacecraft.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 October 1997
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 3114, EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy VIII, (15 October 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.283772
Show Author Affiliations
Stephen S. Murray, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
John H. Chappell, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Almus T. Kenter, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
K. Kobayashi, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Ralph Porter Kraft, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
G. R. Meehan, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Martin V. Zombeck, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
George W. Fraser, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
James F. Pearson, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
John Ernest Lees, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Adam N. Brunton, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Sarah E. Pearce, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Marco Barbera, Istituto e Osservatorio Astronomico G. S. Vaiana (Italy)
Alfonso Collura, Istituto e Osservatorio Astronomico G. S. Vaiana (Italy)
Salvatore Serio, Istituto e Osservatorio Astronomico G. S. Vaiana (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3114:
EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy VIII
Oswald H. W. Siegmund; Mark A. Gummin, Editor(s)

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