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Sounding rocket payload development for x-ray observations of the Cygnus Loop
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Paper Abstract

We present progress in the development of a new sounding rocket payload that will perform high resolution (R~100) x-ray spectroscopy of diffuse celestial x-ray sources. The instrument features a new geometry that allows for high resolution along with high throughput. A wire-grid collimator constrains light from diffuse sources into a converging beam that feeds an array of diffraction gratings in the extreme off-plane mount. Starting with launch in 2006 we can obtain physical diagnostics of supernova remnants such as the Cygnus Loop and ultimately the hot phase of the interstellar medium.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 October 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5900, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy II, 59001B (8 October 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.615423
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Randall L. McEntaffer, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
Webster Cash, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
Ann Shipley, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5900:
Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy II
Oberto Citterio; Stephen L. O'Dell, Editor(s)

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