CUBIC: Preflight calibration results and initial operations

David N. Burrows, Catherine E. Grant, Laura J. Cawley, Gordon P. Garmire, Jeffrey A. Mendenhall, John A. Nousek, Mark A. Skinner

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The Cosmic Unresolved Background Instrument using CCDs ( CUBIC) is currently scheduled for launch on the Argentine/US SAC-B satellite in October 1996. This instrument is designed to perform moderate resolution nondispersive X-ray spectroscopy of the diffuse X-ray background over the band 0.2 -10.0 keV using state-ofthe- art photon-counting CCDs. The instrument is optimized for spectroscopy of diffuse emission with a field of view of approximately 5° x 5° below 1 keV and 1O x 1O above 3 keV. Here we discuss the present state of analysis of our preflight calibration data and present preliminary operational plans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy VII
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 1996
EventEUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy VII - Denver, CO, United States
Duration: Aug 4 1996Aug 4 1996

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


OtherEUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy VII
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityDenver, CO

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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