The D-CIXS X-ray mapping spectrometer on SMART-1

Grande, M.; Browning, R.; Waltham, N.; Parker, D.; Dunkin, S.K.; Kent, B.; Kellet, B.; Perry, C.H.; Swinyard, B.; Perry, A.; Feraday, J.; Howe, C.; McBride, G.; Phillips, K.; Huovelin, J.; Muhli, P.; Hakala, P.J.; Vilhu, O.; Laukkanen, J.; Thomas, N.; Hughes, D.; Alleyne, H.; Grady, M.; Lundin, R.; Barabash, S.; Baker, D.; Clark, P.E.; Murray, C.D.; Guest, J.; Casanova, I.; D'Uston, L.C.; Maurice, S.; Foing, B.; Heather, D.J.; Fernandes, V.; Muinonen, K.; Russell, S.; Christou, A.; Owen, C.; Charles, P.; Koskinen, H.; Kato, M.; Sipila, K.; Nenonen, S.; Holmstrom, M.; Bhandari, N.; Elphic, R. and Lawrence, D. (2003). The D-CIXS X-ray mapping spectrometer on SMART-1. Planetary and Space Science, 51(6) pp. 427–433.



The D-CIXS Compact X-ray Spectrometer will provide high quality spectroscopic mapping of the Moon, the primary science target of the ESA SMART-1 mission. D-CIXS consists of a high throughput spectrometer, which will perform spatially localised X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy. It will also carry a solar monitor, to provide the direct calibration needed to produce a global map of absolute lunar elemental abundances, the first time this has been done. Thus it will achieve ground breaking science within a resource envelope far smaller than previously thought possible for this type of instrument, by exploiting two new technologies, swept charge devices and micro-structure collimators. The new technology does not require cold running, with its associated overheads to the spacecraft. At the same time it will demonstrate a radically novel approach to building a type of instrument essential for the BepiColombo mission and potential future planetary science targets.

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