Sounding rocket payload development for X-ray observations of the Cygnus Loop

Randall L. McEntaffer, Webster Cash, Ann Shipley

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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 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)
Article number59001B
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume5900
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
EventOptics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy II - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 3 2005Aug 4 2005

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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