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In-flight performance of the broadband x-ray telescope
Author(s): Robert Petre; Peter J. Serlemitsos; F. E. Marshall; Keith Jahoda; Hideyo Kunieda
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Paper Abstract

The Broad-Band X-Ray Telescope (BBXRT) was designed to carry out moderate resolution spectrophotometry of cosmic X-ray sources in the 0.3-12 keV band from the Space Shuttle. It consists of a pair of coaligned conical foil telescopes, with cryogenically cooled Si(Li) spectrometers as focal instruments. It was flown as part of the Astro-1 mission in December, 1990. The in-flight performance of the instrument was essentially as predicted on the basis of ground calibration and modelling. We discuss the performance of the system, with emphasis on the conical mirror systems, and present some preliminary scientific results which illustrate the power of broad band, high sensitivity X-ray spectrophotometry.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 1992
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1546, Multilayer and Grazing Incidence X-Ray/EUV Optics, (1 January 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.51235
Show Author Affiliations
Robert Petre, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Peter J. Serlemitsos, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
F. E. Marshall, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Keith Jahoda, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Hideyo Kunieda, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1546:
Multilayer and Grazing Incidence X-Ray/EUV Optics
Richard B. Hoover, Editor(s)

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