X-ray calibration of the telescopes on board ASTRO-E satellite

R. Shibata, M. Ishida, H. Honda, T. Endo, J. Ishida, H. Kunieda, Y. Tawara, A. Furuzawa, Y. Ogasaka, M. Watanabe, K. Misakai, T. Yoshioka, P. J. Serlemitsos, Y. Soong, K. W. Chan

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We present the first results of pre-flight calibrations of the X-ray telescopes on board ASTRO-E satellite. They adopt a thin foil-nesting Wolter Type-I optics, which is in principle the same as ASCA XRTs. Owing to a scale up of the telescope and a new technique of the reflector production, however, both the effective area and the imaging capability are improved. In the current measurements, the effective area is obtained to be 460, 315 and 250 cm2 per XRT at 1.49, 4.51, and 8.04 keV, respectively, which is significantly larger than that of ASCA by a factor of 1.5 and 2.5 at 1.49 keV and 8.04 keV. The point spread function also shows a better focusing capability than ASCA by a factor of 2, and the half power diameter is obtained to be 1.84 arcmin at 4.51 keV. The brightness of the stray light is obtained to be 2×10-5 counts s-1 mm-2 at the brightest part of the stray light image, in the case that the X-ray star with the on-axis intensity of 1 count s-1 is the source of the stray lights, which is almost the same with ASCA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)598-609
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1998 Conference on X-Ray Optics, Instruments, and Missions - San Diego, CA, USA
Duration: 19-07-199822-07-1998

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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