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Description and performance of the reflection grating spectrometer on board of XMM-Newton
Author(s): Jan-Willem den Herder; Antonius J. F. den Boggende; Graziella Branduardi-Raymont; A. C. Brinkman; Jean Cottam; Luc Dubbeldam; Christian Erd; Manuel Guedel; Jelle S. Kaastra; Steven M. Kahn; Rolf Mewe; Frits B. S. Paerels; Andrew P. Rasmussen; Irini Sakelliou; Joshua Spodek; Knud Thomsen; Cor P. de Vries
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Paper Abstract

The ESA X-ray Multi Mirror mission, XMM-Newton, carries two identical Reflection Grating Spectrometers behind two of its three nested sets of Wolter I type mirrors. The instrument allows high-resolution (E/(Delta) E equals 100 to 500) measurements in the soft X-ray range (6 to 38 A or 2.1 to 0.3 keV) with a maximum effective area of about 150 cm2 at 15 A. The satellite was successfully launched on December 10, 1999, from Guyana Space Center. Following the launch the instrument commissioning was started early in 2000. First results for the Reflection Grating Spectrometers are presented concentrating on instrumental parameters such as resolution, instrument background and CCD performance. The instrument performance is illustrated by first results from HR 1099, a non-eclipsing RS CVn binary.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 July 2000
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4012, X-Ray Optics, Instruments, and Missions III, (18 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.391546
Show Author Affiliations
Jan-Willem den Herder, Space Research Organisation of the Netherlands (Netherlands)
Antonius J. F. den Boggende, Space Research Organisation of the Netherlands (Netherlands)
Graziella Branduardi-Raymont, Mullard Space Science Lab. (United Kingdom)
A. C. Brinkman, Space Research Organisation of the Netherlands (Netherlands)
Jean Cottam, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Luc Dubbeldam, Space Research Organisation of the Netherlands (Netherlands)
Christian Erd, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
Manuel Guedel, Paul Scherrer Institute (Switzerland)
Jelle S. Kaastra, Space Research Organisation of the Netherlands (Netherlands)
Steven M. Kahn, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Rolf Mewe, Space Research Organisation of the Netherlands (Netherlands)
Frits B. S. Paerels, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Andrew P. Rasmussen, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Irini Sakelliou, Mullard Space Science Lab. (United Kingdom)
Joshua Spodek, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Knud Thomsen, Paul Scherrer Institute (Switzerland)
Cor P. de Vries, Space Research Organisation of the Netherlands (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4012:
X-Ray Optics, Instruments, and Missions III
Joachim E. Truemper; Bernd Aschenbach, Editor(s)

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