8 October 2005 Sounding rocket payload development for x-ray observations of the Cygnus Loop
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We present progress in the development of a new sounding rocket payload that will perform high resolution (R~100) x-ray spectroscopy of diffuse celestial x-ray sources. The instrument features a new geometry that allows for high resolution along with high throughput. A wire-grid collimator constrains light from diffuse sources into a converging beam that feeds an array of diffraction gratings in the extreme off-plane mount. Starting with launch in 2006 we can obtain physical diagnostics of supernova remnants such as the Cygnus Loop and ultimately the hot phase of the interstellar medium.
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Randall L. McEntaffer, Randall L. McEntaffer, Webster Cash, Webster Cash, Ann Shipley, Ann Shipley, } "Sounding rocket payload development for x-ray observations of the Cygnus Loop", Proc. SPIE 5900, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy II, 59001B (8 October 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.615423; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.615423
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