High resolution x-ray spectroscopy of supernova remnants and the diffuse background

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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 focuser 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)
Pages (from-to)136-147
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume5488
Issue numberPART 1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 20 2004

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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