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Chandra X-ray Observatory mirror effective area
Author(s): Ping Zhao; Diab H. Jerius; Richard J. Edgar; Terrance J. Gaetz; Leon P. Van Speybroeck; Beth Biller; Eli Beckerman; Herman L. Marshall
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Paper Abstract

Chandra X-ray Observatory (CXO) -- the third of NASA's Great Observatories -- has now been successfully operated for four years and has brought us fruitful scientific results with many exciting discoveries. The major achievement comparing to previous X-ray missions lies in the heart of the CXO -- the High Resolution Mirror Assembly. Its unprecedented spatial resolution and well calibrated performing characteristics are the keys for its success. We discuss the effective area of the CXO mirrors, based on the ground calibration measurements made at the X-Ray Calibration Facility in Marshall Space Flight Center before launch. We present the derivations of both on-axis and off-axis effective areas, which are currently used by Chandra observers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 February 2004
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 5165, X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy XIII, (3 February 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.509379
Show Author Affiliations
Ping Zhao, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Diab H. Jerius, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Richard J. Edgar, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Terrance J. Gaetz, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Leon P. Van Speybroeck, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Beth Biller, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Eli Beckerman, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Herman L. Marshall, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5165:
X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy XIII
Kathryn A. Flanagan; Oswald H. W. Siegmund, Editor(s)

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