A high resolution x-ray spectrometer utilizing Kirkpatrick-Baez optics and off-plane gratings

McEntaffer, Randall L.; Hudec, René; Murray, Neil J. and Holland, Andrew (2009). A high resolution x-ray spectrometer utilizing Kirkpatrick-Baez optics and off-plane gratings. In: EUV and X-Ray Optics: Synergy between Laboratory and Space (Hudec, René and Pina, Ladislav eds.), Proceedings of SPIE, SPIE, Bellingham, Wash..

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1117/12.829137

Abstract

We present the design of a high resolution X-ray spectrometer for space based X-ray studies. This novel design utilizes a Kirkpatrick-Baez geometry with an off-plane grating as the secondary optic. This design has been proposed to NASA for flight onboard a suborbital rocket. The approach is low cost, low risk and has applications for future orbital missions.

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