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The Flight Test Of A Grazing Incidence Relay Optics Telescope For Solar X-Ray Astronomy Utilizing A Thinned, Back-Illuminated CCD Detector
Author(s): J.Daniel Moses; John M. Davis
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Paper Abstract

The new AS&E Ultrahigh Resolution Soft X-Ray Solar Research Rocket Payload has been successfully flown twice on Black Brant IX Sounding Rockets from White Sands Missile Range. These flights, conducted on 15 August 1987 and 11 December 1987, provided the first test of the new payload which consists of 3.8X magnifying hyperboloid-hyperboloid grazing incidence relay optic used in conjunction with an existing Wolter-I primary mirror. An RCA SID 500 series CCD detector was utilized in a thinned, back-illuminated configuration for recording the images. The 5.4 m effective focal length of the compound optics system resulted in a plate scale of 1 arc second per pixel which is comparable to the inherent resolution of the primary mirror. These flights represent the first use in X-ray astronomy of either of these two new technologies. These observations are presented with comparison to laboratory measurements and theoretical expectations of the instrument performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 December 1988
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0982, X-Ray Instrumentation in Astronomy II, (21 December 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.948699
Show Author Affiliations
J.Daniel Moses, American Science and Engineering, Inc (United States)
John M. Davis, Marshall Space Flight Center (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0982:
X-Ray Instrumentation in Astronomy II
Leon Golub, Editor(s)

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