CUBIC: x-ray CCD spectroscopy of the diffuse x-ray background

David Nelson Burrows, Mark A. Skinner, Patrick Sean Broos, Mark A. Catalano, Laura J. Cawley, Eric J. Cocklin, Leland G. Engel, Timothy J. Entingh, Gordon P. Garmire, Roland Green, Diego Janches, Douglas A. Kelly

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The cosmic unresolved background instrument using CCDs (CUBIC) is currently scheduled for launch on the Argentine/US SAC-B satellite late this year. This instrument is designed to perform moderate resolution nondispersive x-ray spectroscopy of the diffuse x-ray background over the band 0.2 - 10.0 keV using state-of-the-art photon-counting CCDs. The instrument is optimized for spectroscopy of diffuse emission with a field of view of 5 degrees by 5 degrees below 1 keV and 10 degrees by 10 degrees above 3 keV. Observations will typically last 1 - 3 days, and will obtain high quality CCD spectra of the diffuse background, nearby superbubbles and supernova remnants, and the brightest x-ray point sources. This paper gives an overview of the instrument design and CCD detectors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsOswald H. Siegmund, John V. Vallerga
Number of pages22
StatePublished - Dec 1 1995
EventEUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy VI - San Diego, CA, USA
Duration: Jul 12 1995Jul 14 1995


OtherEUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy VI
CitySan Diego, CA, USA

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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