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ART-XC: a medium-energy x-ray telescope system for the Spectrum-R-Gamma mission
Author(s): V. Arefiev; M. Pavlinsky; I. Lapshov; A. Tkachenko; S. Sazonov; M. Revnivtsev; N. Semena; M. Buntov; A. Vikhlinin; M. Gubarev; S. O'Dell; B. Ramsey; S. Romaine; D. Swartz; M. Weisskopf; G. Hasinger; P. Predehl; S. Grigorovich; D. Litvin; N. Meidinger; L. W. Strüder
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Paper Abstract

The ART-XC instrument is an X-ray grazing-incidence telescope system in an ABRIXAS-type optical configuration optimized for the survey observational mode of the Spectrum-RG astrophysical mission which is scheduled to be launched in 2011. ART-XC has two units, each equipped with four identical X-ray multi-shell mirror modules. The optical axes of the individual mirror modules are not parallel but are separated by several degrees to permit the four modules to share a single CCD focal plane detector, 1/4 of the area each. The 450-micron-thick pnCCD (similar to the adjacent eROSITA telescope detector) will allow the detection of X-ray photons up to 15 keV. The field of view of the individual mirror module is about 18×18 arcminutes2 and the sensitivity of the ART-XC system for 4 years of survey will be better than 10-12 erg s-1 cm-2 over the 4-12 keV energy band. This will allow the ART-XC instrument to discover several thousands new AGNs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 2008
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7011, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 70110L (15 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789009
Show Author Affiliations
V. Arefiev, Space Research Institute (Russian Federation)
M. Pavlinsky, Space Research Institute (Russian Federation)
I. Lapshov, Space Research Institute (Russian Federation)
A. Tkachenko, Space Research Institute (Russian Federation)
S. Sazonov, Space Research Institute (Russian Federation)
Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik (Germany)
M. Revnivtsev, Space Research Institute (Russian Federation)
Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik (Germany)
N. Semena, Space Research Institute (Russian Federation)
M. Buntov, Space Research Institute (Russian Federation)
A. Vikhlinin, Space Research Institute (Russian Federation)
Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
M. Gubarev, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
S. O'Dell, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
B. Ramsey, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
S. Romaine, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
D. Swartz, Universities Space Research Association (United States)
M. Weisskopf, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
G. Hasinger, Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
P. Predehl, Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
S. Grigorovich, The All-Russian Scientific Research Institute for Experimental Physics, VNIIEF (Russian Federation)
D. Litvin, The All-Russian Scientific Research Institute for Experimental Physics, VNIIEF (Russian Federation)
N. Meidinger, Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Max-Planck-Institute Semiconductor Lab. (Germany)
L. W. Strüder, Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Max-Planck-Institute Semiconductor Lab. (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7011:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Martin J. L. Turner; Kathryn A. Flanagan, Editor(s)

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