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Large-area reflection grating spectrometer for the Constellation-X mission
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Paper Abstract

The optical chain of the spectroscopic x-ray telescopes aboard the Constellation-X spacecraft employs a reflective grating spectrometer to provide high resolution spectra for multiple spectra as a slitless spectrometer in the spectral feature rich, soft x-ray band. As a part of the spectroscopic readout array, we provide a zero-order camera that images the sky in the soft band inaccessible to the microcalorimeters. Technological enhancements required for producing the RGS instruments are described, along with prototype development progress, fabrication and testing results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 October 1999
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3765, EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy X, (22 October 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.366491
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Steven M. Kahn, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Frits B. S. Paerels, Columbia Univ. (United States)
J. R. Peterson, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Andrew P. Rasmussen, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Mark L. Schattenburg, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
George R. Ricker Jr., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Mark W. Bautz, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
John P. Doty, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Gregory Y. Prigozhin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
John A. Nousek, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
David N. Burrows, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Joanne E. Hill, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Webster C. Cash, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3765:
EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy X
Oswald H. W. Siegmund; Kathryn A. Flanagan, Editor(s)

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