A sounding rocket payload for X-ray observations of the Cygnus Loop

Randall L. McEntaffer, Webster Cash, Ann Shipley, Eric Schindhelm

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Abstract

We present 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation II
Subtitle of host publicationUltraviolet to Gamma Ray
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2 2006
EventSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation II: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: May 24 2006May 31 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume6266 II
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

Other

OtherSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation II: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period5/24/065/31/06

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    McEntaffer, R. L., Cash, W., Shipley, A., & Schindhelm, E. (2006). A sounding rocket payload for X-ray observations of the Cygnus Loop. In Space Telescopes and Instrumentation II: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray [626644] (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 6266 II). https://doi.org/10.1117/12.671519