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Flight camera package design, calibration, and performance for the Water Recovery X-ray Rocket mission
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The Water Recovery X-ray Rocket (WRXR) mission was a sounding rocket flight that targeted the northern part of the Vela supernova remnant with a camera designed to image the diffracted X-rays using a grating spectrometer optimized for OVII, OVIII, and CVI emissions. The readout camera for WRXR utilized a silicon hybrid CMOS detector (HCD) with an active area of 36.9  36.9 mm. A modified H2RG X-ray HCD, with 1024  1024 active silicon pixels bonded to the H2RG read-out integrated circuit, was selected for this mission based on its characteristics, technology maturation, and ease of implementation into the existing payload. This required a new camera package for the HCD to be designed, built, calibrated, and operated. This detector and camera system were successfully operated in-flight and its characteristics were demonstrated using the on-board calibration X-ray source. In this paper, a detailed description of this process, from design concept to flight performance, will be given. A full integrated instrument calibration will also be discussed, as well as the temperature dependency measurements of gain variation, read noise, and energy resolution for the HCD.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 September 2019
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 11118, UV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XXI, 111180D (9 September 2019);
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Mitchell Wages, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Samuel V. Hull, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Abraham D. Falcone, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Tyler B. Anderson, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Maria McQuaide, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Evan Bray, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Tanmoy Chattopadhyay, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Stanford Univ. (United States)
Kavli Institute of Astrophysics and Cosmology (United States)
David N. Burrows, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Lazar Buntic, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Randall L. McEntaffer, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Drew M. Miles, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
James H. Tutt, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Ted B. Schultz, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Benjamin D. Donovan, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Christopher R. Hillman, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Daniel Yastishock, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11118:
UV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XXI
Oswald H. Siegmund, Editor(s)

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