X-ray Diffraction Gratings for Astrophysics
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Over the past year, we have celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Chandra and XMM-Newton X-ray observatories. Both carry powerful, novel diffraction grating spectrometers, which have opened true X-ray spectroscopy for astrophysics. I will describe the design and operation of these instruments, as the background to some of the beautiful results they have produced. But these designs do not exhaust the versatility and essential simplicity of diffraction grating spectrometers, and I will discuss applications for the International X-ray Observatory IXO.
KeywordsDiffraction gratings Spectrometers: X-ray X-ray spectroscopy Astronomical observations
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- F. Paerels, in X-Ray Spectroscopy in Astrophysics, Lectures Held at the Astrophysics School X. Organized by the European Astrophysics Doctoral Network (EADN) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, September 22–October 3, 1997, ed. by J. van Paradijs, J. Bleeker. Springer Lecture Notes in Physics, vol. 520 (Springer, Berlin, 1999) Google Scholar