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The Esa High Throughput X-Ray Spectroscopy Mission Xmm Status Of The Optics & Focal Plane Instruments
Author(s): P. L. Jensen; J. M. Ellwood; A. Peacock
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Paper Abstract

The High Throughput X-ray Spectroscopy Mission XMM is the second cornerstone in ESA's long term space science programme and is due for launch in 1998. This long duration observatory for X-ray astrophysics has at its heart three heavily nested Wolter 1 grazing incidence X-ray mirror modules, which will provide a dramatic increase in collecting area over previous and contempory missions. This large aperture when coupled with an optics spatial resolution of between 15 to 30 arc sec (HEW) and sensitive X-ray cameras and spectrometers will allow a major advance in astrophysics at the turn of the century. The development programme for the X-ray optics is described and recent results presented. A detailed description of the focal plane instrumentation is also provided. The selection of this payload has just been approved by ESA's Science Programme Committee.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 1989
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 1160, X-Ray/EUV Optics for Astronomy and Microscopy, (28 July 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.962677
Show Author Affiliations
P. L. Jensen, European Space & Technology Centre (The Netherlands)
J. M. Ellwood, European Space & Technology Centre (The Netherlands)
A. Peacock, European Space & Technology Centre (The Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1160:
X-Ray/EUV Optics for Astronomy and Microscopy
Richard B. Hoover, Editor(s)

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