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18 July 2000 Description and performance of the reflection grating spectrometer on board of XMM-Newton
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The ESA X-ray Multi Mirror mission, XMM-Newton, carries two identical Reflection Grating Spectrometers behind two of its three nested sets of Wolter I type mirrors. The instrument allows high-resolution (E/(Delta) E equals 100 to 500) measurements in the soft X-ray range (6 to 38 A or 2.1 to 0.3 keV) with a maximum effective area of about 150 cm2 at 15 A. The satellite was successfully launched on December 10, 1999, from Guyana Space Center. Following the launch the instrument commissioning was started early in 2000. First results for the Reflection Grating Spectrometers are presented concentrating on instrumental parameters such as resolution, instrument background and CCD performance. The instrument performance is illustrated by first results from HR 1099, a non-eclipsing RS CVn binary.
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Jan-Willem den Herder, Antonius J. F. den Boggende, Graziella Branduardi-Raymont, A. C. Brinkman, Jean Cottam, Luc Dubbeldam, Christian Erd, Manuel Guedel, Jelle S. Kaastra, Steven M. Kahn, Rolf Mewe, Frits B. S. Paerels, Andrew P. Rasmussen, Irini Sakelliou, Joshua Spodek, Knud Thomsen, and Cor P. de Vries "Description and performance of the reflection grating spectrometer on board of XMM-Newton", Proc. SPIE 4012, X-Ray Optics, Instruments, and Missions III, (18 July 2000); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.391546
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