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28 July 2010 Off-plane x-ray grating spectrometer camera for IXO
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The International X-ray Observatory (IXO) is a merger of the former ESA XEUS and NASA Constellation-X missions, with additional collaboration from JAXA, proposed for launch ~2020. IXO will address the leading astrophysical questions in the 'hot universe' through its breakthrough capabilities in X-ray spectroscopy. The mission covers the 0.1 to 40 keV energy range, complementing the capabilities of the next generation observatories, such as ALMA, LSST, JWST and 30 meter ground-based telescopes. An X-ray Grating Spectrometer is baselined to provide science in the energy range 0.3-1.0 keV at a spectral resolution of E/ΔE > 3,000 with an effective area greater than 1,000 cm2. This will require an array of soft X-ray enhanced CCDs operating at a modest frame rate to measure the diffracted light in both position and energy. Here we describe the baseline camera for the Off-plane XGS instrument using mature CCD technology.
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Neil J. Murray, Andrew D. Holland, Richard D. Harriss, James H. Tutt, Simeon J. Barber, Peter Pool, James Endicott, David Burt, Dave Walton, Mat Page, Randall L. McEntaffer, Ted Schultz, Webster C. Cash, Chuck Lillie, and Suzanne Casement "Off-plane x-ray grating spectrometer camera for IXO", Proc. SPIE 7742, High Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy IV, 77420X (28 July 2010); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.864051
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