An introduction to the Rockets for Extended-source X-ray Spectroscopy

Drew M. Miles, Randall M. McEntaffer, James H. Tutt, Tyler Anderson, Matthew Weiss, Logan Baker, Joseph Weston, Bridget O'Meara, Ross C. McCurdy, Bailey Myers, Fabien Grisé

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Abstract

The Rockets for Extended-source X-ray Spectroscopy (tREXS) are a series of suborbital rocket payloads being developed at The Pennsylvania State University. The tREXS science instrument is a soft X-ray grating spectrometer that will provide a large field-of-view and unmatched spectral resolving power for extended sources. Each instrument channel consists of a passive, mechanical focusing optic and an array of reflection gratings. The focal plane consists of an array of CIS113 CMOS sensors.TREXS I is currently in the design phase and is being developed for a launch in 2021 to observe diffuse soft X-ray emission from the Cygnus Loop supernova remnant. An analysis of instrument optics, gratings, and focal plane camera is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XXI
EditorsOswald H. Siegmund
PublisherSPIE
ISBN (Electronic)9781510629295
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
EventUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XXI 2019 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Aug 11 2019Aug 13 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume11118
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X

Conference

ConferenceUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XXI 2019
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period8/11/198/13/19

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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    Miles, D. M., McEntaffer, R. M., Tutt, J. H., Anderson, T., Weiss, M., Baker, L., Weston, J., O'Meara, B., McCurdy, R. C., Myers, B., & Grisé, F. (2019). An introduction to the Rockets for Extended-source X-ray Spectroscopy. In O. H. Siegmund (Ed.), UV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XXI [111180B] (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 11118). SPIE. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2529567