Foil reflection grating mount for diffuse x-ray spectroscopy

Ann Shipley, Randall McEntaffer, Webster Cash

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A new sounding rocket pay load is being built at the University of Colorado for purposes of resolving spectral features in the diffuse x-ray background. Multiple grating mounts are required; each consisting of over sixty closely packed grazing incidence gratings to meet throughput goals. The rocket skin limits the payload envelope and volume for mounting the gratings. Packing geometries require the gratings be very thin. The gratings are mounted in an off-plane configuration much like a proposed scenario for the Constellation X reflection grating assembly. In this paper we discuss innovative fabrication, replication, and mount techniques used to support a spectral resolution goal of about 100 (λ/δλ).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number587708
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2005
EventOptomechanics 2005 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 3 2005Aug 4 2005

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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