High-resolution x-ray spectroscopy with a rocket-borne cosmic x-ray microcalorimeter spectrograph

Arthur B. Walker*, Aharon Kapitulnik, Richard B. Hoover, Larry Lesyna, Melville P. Ulmer

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Abstract

The x-ray microcalorimeter represents a revolutionary development in x-ray astronomy, because it permits spectra to be obtained which rival Bragg crystal spectra in resolution, and exceed a proportional counter in efficiency. We describe a rocket borne x-ray spectrograph, consisting of a microcalorimeter detector array placed at the focus of a Wolter I collector. We demonstrate that a modest collecting area of 60 cm2 is sufficient to determine the abundances of O, Ne and Fe in the interstellar medium.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
PublisherSociety of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers
Pages122-133
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)0819416037
StatePublished - Dec 1 1994
EventAdvances in Multilayer and Grazing Incidence X-Ray/EUV/FUV Optics - San Diego, CA, USA
Duration: Jul 24 1994Jul 26 1994

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume2279
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

Other

OtherAdvances in Multilayer and Grazing Incidence X-Ray/EUV/FUV Optics
CitySan Diego, CA, USA
Period7/24/947/26/94

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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    Walker, A. B., Kapitulnik, A., Hoover, R. B., Lesyna, L., & Ulmer, M. P. (1994). High-resolution x-ray spectroscopy with a rocket-borne cosmic x-ray microcalorimeter spectrograph. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (pp. 122-133). (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 2279). Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers.