19 November 1998 Performance characterization of the reflection grating arrays (RGA) for the RGS experiment aboard XMM
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The Reflection Grating Spectrometer (RGS) aboard XMM is a large collecting area, dispersive soft x-ray spectrometer providing high resolution and a bandpass of 5-35 angstrom. We have built and characterized the two, nearly identical, flight model reflection grating arrays for the RGS instrument. Precision alignment and assembly of 182 grating elements into each array was performed at Columbia Astrophysics/Nevis Laboratory, and end-to-end X-ray calibration and testing were performed at the MPE-Panter facility. Preliminary results from the calibration are summarized, and reconciliation of those results with baseline optical design, simulations and error budgets are discussed.
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Andrew Rasmussen, Andrew Rasmussen, Jean Cottam, Jean Cottam, Todd R. Decker, Todd R. Decker, Steven M. Kahn, Steven M. Kahn, Joshua Spodek, Joshua Spodek, M. Stern, M. Stern, Christian Erd, Christian Erd, Antonius J. F. den Boggende, Antonius J. F. den Boggende, A. C. Brinkman, A. C. Brinkman, Jan-Willem den Herder, Jan-Willem den Herder, Frits B. S. Paerels, Frits B. S. Paerels, C. D. Vries, C. D. Vries, "Performance characterization of the reflection grating arrays (RGA) for the RGS experiment aboard XMM", Proc. SPIE 3444, X-Ray Optics, Instruments, and Missions, (19 November 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.331247; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.331247


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