Focal plane instrumentation for the Wide-Field X-ray Telescope
Author(s)Bautz, Marshall W.; Foster, Richard F.; Murray, Stephen S.; WFXT Team
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The three X-ray imaging focal planes of the Wide-Field X-ray Telescope (WFXT) Mission will each have a field of view up to 1 degree square, pixel pitch smaller than 1 arcsec, excellent X-ray detection efficiency and spectral resolving power near the theoretical limit for silicon over the 0.2 - 6 keV spectral band. We describe the baseline concept for the WFXT focal planes. The detectors are derived from MIT Lincoln Laboratory CCDs currently operating in orbit on Chandra and Suzaku. Here we describe the baseline WFXT focal plane instrumentation and briefly consider options for alternative detector technologies.
DepartmentMIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research
Proceedings of SPIE--the International Society for Optical Engineering ; v. 7732
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Bautz, M. W., R. F. Foster, and S. S. Murray. “Focal plane instrumentation for the Wide-Field X-ray Telescope.” Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray. Ed. Monique Arnaud, Stephen S. Murray, & Tadayuki Takahashi. San Diego, California, USA: SPIE, 2010. 77324G-6. ©2010 SPIE.
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