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18 October 1996 Design and calibration of the GOES-8 solar x-ray sensor: the XRS
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The GOES-8 solar x-ray sensor (XRS) detects solar x-rays in two wavelength bands of approximately 0.5 to 3 angstrom and 1 to 8 angstrom. The XRS uses a dual ion chamber design with beryllium windows and Xenon or Argon gas fills to provide the x-ray detection, and which determine the wavelength response functions. GOES spacecraft before GOES-8 were spinning, and the previous XRS design used this property to measure the solar x-rays as a 'pulse' above the ambient particle background during the time when the XRS FOV scanned across the sun. GOES-8 and later spacecraft are three-axis stabilized, and the XRS now views the sun constantly from a mount on the solar panel yoke. This puts a severe requirement on the XRS for shielding of the ion chamber, since the background current form ambient particles must be will below the current from the design threshold x-ray fluxes. The design and calibration of the XRS is described, as are results from electron irradiation which were used to verify the immunity to ambient particle fluxes.
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Frederick A. Hanser and Francis Bach Sellers "Design and calibration of the GOES-8 solar x-ray sensor: the XRS", Proc. SPIE 2812, GOES-8 and Beyond, (18 October 1996);


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