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31 October 1996 XMM Optical/UV Monitor Telescope
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The optical/UV monitor (OM) on the ESA x-ray cornerstone mission XMM is designed to provide simultaneous optical and UV coverage of x-ray targets viewed by the observatory. The instrument consists of a 30 cm modified Ritchey-Chretien telescope. This feeds a compact photon counting detector operating in the blue part of the optical spectrum and the UV (1600 - 6000 angstrom). The OM has a square field of view of approximately 24 arcmin along the diagonal, and will cover the central region of the field of view of the EPIC x- ray cameras where the x-ray image quality is best. Because of the low sky background in space, the sensitivity of the OM for detecting stars will be comparable to that of a 4-m telescope at the Earth's surface; it should detect a B equals 24th magnitude star in a 1000 s observation using unfiltered light. The pixel size of the detector corresponds to 0.5 arc seconds on the sky in normal operation. In front of each of two redundant detectors are filter wheels containing broad band filters. The filter wheels also contain Grisms for low resolution spectroscopy of brighter sources (lambda/Delta lambda 200) and a 4x field expander which will allow high spatial resolution images of the field center to be taken in optical light.
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Keith O. Mason, Mark S. Cropper, R. Hunt, Scott D. Horner, William C. Priedhorsky, Cheng Ho, France Anne Cordova, Claude A. J. Jamar, and Elio Antonello "XMM Optical/UV Monitor Telescope", Proc. SPIE 2808, EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy VII, (31 October 1996); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.256021
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