Performance testing of an off-plane reflection grating and silicon pore optic spectrograph at PANTER

Hannah Marlowe, Randall L. McEntaffer, Ryan Allured, Casey T. Deroo, Benjamin D. Donovan, Drew M. Miles, James H. Tutt, Vadim Burwitz, Benedikt Menz, Gisela D. Hartner, Randall K. Smith, Peter Cheimets, Edward Hertz, Jay A. Bookbinder, Ramses Gunther, Alex Yanson, Giuseppe Vacanti, Marcelo Ackermann

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An X-ray spectrograph consisting of aligned, radially ruled off-plane reflection gratings and silicon pore optics (SPO) was tested at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics PANTER X-ray test facility. SPO is a test module for the proposed Arcus mission, which will also feature aligned off-plane reflection gratings. This test is the first time two off-plane gratings were actively aligned to each other and with an SPO to produce an overlapped spectrum. We report the performance of the complete spectrograph utilizing the aligned gratings module and plans for future development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number045004
JournalJournal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Instrumentation
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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