10 September 2009 The Mercury Imaging X-ray Spectrometer: instrument overview
Author Affiliations +
Abstract
We report progress in the design of the BepiColombo Mercury Imaging X-ray Spectrometer (MIXS). This instrument consists of two modules; a Wolter I soft X-ray telescope based on radially packed microchannel plate optics (MIXS-T) and a profiled collimator which uses a square pore square packed microchannel plate array to restrict its field of view (MIXS-C). Both instrument modules have identical focal planes (DEPFET macropixel array) providing an energy resolution of better than 200 eV FWHM throughout the mission. The primary science goal of MIXS is to perform X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy of the Hermean surface with unprecedented spatial and energy resolution. This allows discrimination between different regolith types, and by combining with data from other instruments, between competing models of crustal evolution and planetary formation. MIXS will also probe the complex coupling between the planet's surface, exosphere and magnetosphere by observing Particle Induced X-ray Emission (PIXE).
© (2009) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.
A. Martindale, A. Martindale, J. F. Pearson, J. F. Pearson, C. Whitford, C. Whitford, G. W. Fraser, G. W. Fraser, D. A. Rothery, D. A. Rothery, D. Talboys, D. Talboys, J. D. Carpenter, J. D. Carpenter, T. Stevenson, T. Stevenson, E. Bunce, E. Bunce, R. Fairbend, R. Fairbend, J. Seguy, J. Seguy, E. Sclater, E. Sclater, I. Delgado, I. Delgado, A. Dixon, A. Dixon, J. Treis, J. Treis, J. M. Mas-Hesse, J. M. Mas-Hesse, J. L. San Juan, J. L. San Juan, K. Muinonen, K. Muinonen, C. Sawyers, C. Sawyers, C. Bulloch, C. Bulloch, E. Schyns, E. Schyns, } "The Mercury Imaging X-ray Spectrometer: instrument overview", Proc. SPIE 7441, Instruments and Methods for Astrobiology and Planetary Missions XII, 744115 (10 September 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.826052; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.826052
PROCEEDINGS
9 PAGES


SHARE
RELATED CONTENT

Basic studies on x ray fluorescence analysis for active x...
Proceedings of SPIE (September 25 2013)
MCP readout for the AXAF-I grating spectrometer
Proceedings of SPIE (December 15 1993)
Dual anode contact geometries for x ray and gamma ray...
Proceedings of SPIE (September 11 2009)
HERMES an imaging x ray fluorescence spectrometer for the...
Proceedings of SPIE (December 19 2001)
X-ray framing cameras for >5 keV imaging
Proceedings of SPIE (August 31 1995)
HST to HST10X: a second revolution in space science
Proceedings of SPIE (July 27 2000)

Back to Top