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18 July 2016 In-orbit performance of SXT aboard AstroSat
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A soft X-ray focusing Telescope (SXT) was launched in a near Earth, near equatorial orbit aboard the AstroSat on September 28th, 2015. The SXT electronics was switched on within 3 days of the launch and the first light was seen on October 26th, 2015 after a sequence of operations involving venting of the camera, cooling of the CCD, opening of the telescope door followed by the opening of the camera door. Several cosmic X-ray sources have been observed since then during the Performance Verification phase. A few near-simultaneous observations have also been carried out with the Swift observatory. The in-orbit performance of the SXT based on these observations is presented here.
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Kulinder Pal Singh, Gordon C. Stewart, Sunil Chandra, Kallol Mukerjee, Sanket Kotak, Andy P. Beardmore, Varsha Chitnis, Gulab C. Dewangan, Sudip Bhattacharyya, Irfan Mirza, Nilima Kamble, Vinita Navalkar, Harshit Shah, S. Vishwakarma, and J. Koyande "In-orbit performance of SXT aboard AstroSat", Proc. SPIE 9905, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 99051E (18 July 2016); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2235309
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