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CCDs for future x-ray astronomy missions
Author(s): Andrew D. Holland
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Paper Abstract

With the current generation of x-ray astronomy observatories either in orbit (ASCA, ROSAT) or well on the road to completion (Spectrum-X(gamma) , XMM, AXAF), plans are being developed for what is being classed as the next generation of x-ray observatories for launch by the space agencies of Europe, USA and Japan. In all of these mission concepts, together with many smaller mission concepts, the charge coupled device (CCD) is seen as playing a key detector role, building upon its successful use in current missions where it is used for both dispersive, and imaging, x-ray spectroscopy applications. This paper reviews the goals of the concept observatories and discusses near-term CCD developments which are needed to meet the future instrument requirements. In addition, since future observatories will have larger collecting areas, a concept design is proposed for a high throughput x-ray imaging/spectroscopy camera as a progression beyond that of the EPIC MOS camera on XMM.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 October 1997
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3114, EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy VIII, (15 October 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.283793
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Andrew D. Holland, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)

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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