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In-orbit calibration of the XMM-Newton telescopes
Author(s): Philippe Gondoin; Bernd Aschenbach; Christian Erd; David H. Lumb; S. Majerowicz; Doris Neumann; Jean Luc Sauvageot
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Paper Abstract

The High Throughput X-ray Spectroscopy Mission XMM-Newton of the European Space Agency (ESA) was launched on December 10, 1999 by an Ariane V rocket. The satellite observatory uses three grazing incidence telescopes coupled to reflection grating spectrometers and x-ray CCD cameras. Each x-ray telescope consists of 58 Wolter I mirrors which are nested in a coaxial and cofocal configuration. The XMM-Newton Science Operation Center has completed a coherent program for the in- orbit calibration and performance verification of the x-ray observatory. This paper presents first measurement results of the x-ray telescopes image quality and effective area obtained during this campaign.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 December 2000
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4140, X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy XI, (13 December 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.409103
Show Author Affiliations
Philippe Gondoin, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
Bernd Aschenbach, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Christian Erd, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
David H. Lumb, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
S. Majerowicz, CEA Saclay (France)
Doris Neumann, CEA Saclay (France)
Jean Luc Sauvageot, CEA Saclay (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4140:
X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy XI
Kathryn A. Flanagan; Oswald H. W. Siegmund, Editor(s)

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