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Focal plane instrumentation for the Wide-Field X-ray Telescope
Author(s): M. W. Bautz; R. F. Foster; S. S. Murray
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Paper Abstract

The three X-ray imaging focal planes of the Wide-Field X-ray Telescope (WFXT) Mission will each have a field of view up to 1 degree square, pixel pitch smaller than 1 arcsec, excellent X-ray detection efficiency and spectral resolving power near the theoretical limit for silicon over the 0.2 - 6 keV spectral band. We describe the baseline concept for the WFXT focal planes. The detectors are derived from MIT Lincoln Laboratory CCDs currently operating in orbit on Chandra and Suzaku. Here we describe the baseline WFXT focal plane instrumentation and briefly consider options for alternative detector technologies.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 July 2010
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7732, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 77324G (29 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857803
Show Author Affiliations
M. W. Bautz, Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
R. F. Foster, Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
S. S. Murray, The Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7732:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Monique Arnaud; Stephen S. Murray; Tadayuki Takahashi, Editor(s)

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