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Foil reflection grating mount for diffuse x-ray spectroscopy
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Paper Abstract

A new sounding rocket payload is being built at the University of Colorado for purposes of resolving spectral features in the diffuse x-ray background. Multiple grating mounts are required; each consisting of over sixty closely packed grazing incidence gratings to meet throughput goals. The rocket skin limits the payload envelope and volume for mounting the gratings. Packing geometries require the gratings be very thin. The gratings are mounted in an off-plane configuration much like a proposed scenario for the Constellation X reflection grating assembly. In this paper we discuss innovative fabrication, replication, and mount techniques used to support a spectral resolution goal of about 100 (λ/δλ).

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 September 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5877, Optomechanics 2005, 587708 (9 September 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.615413
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Ann Shipley, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
Randall McEntaffer, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
Webster Cash, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5877:
Optomechanics 2005
Alson E. Hatheway, Editor(s)

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