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NuSTAR ground calibration: The Rainwater Memorial Calibration Facility (RaMCaF)

Brejnholt, Nicolai F. and Christensen, Finn E. and Jakobsen, Anders C. and Hailey, Charles J. and Koglin, Jason E. and Blaedel, Kenneth L. and Stern, Marcela and Thornhill, Doug and Sleator, Clio and Zhang, Shuo and Craig, William W. and Madsen, Kristin K. and Decker, Todd and Pivovaroff, Michael J. and Vogel, Julia K. (2011) NuSTAR ground calibration: The Rainwater Memorial Calibration Facility (RaMCaF). In: Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy V. Proceedings of SPIE. No.8147. Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 81470I. ISBN 978-0-8194-8757-5.

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The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) is a NASA Small Explorer mission that will carry the first focusing hard X-ray (5-80 keV ) telescope to orbit. The ground calibration of the three flight optics was carried out at the Rainwater Memorial Calibration Facility (RaMCaF) built for this purpose. In this article we present the facility and its use for the ground calibration of the three optics.

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Additional Information:© 2011 SPIE. The NuSTAR mission is funded by NASA through contract number NNG08FD60C. Part of this work was funded by the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Space). Surface metrology (AFM and optical surface profiling) was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344. LLNL contributions also included support from LDRD project 10-SI-007. The prototype SDD was provided by Didier Barret of the Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie (IRAP). The prototype SDD development is funded by IRAP, the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES). The use of the EMCCD X-ray detector for optics calibration was made possible thanks to NASA SBIR Grant NNX11CH32P.
Group:NuSTAR, Space Radiation Laboratory
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Technical University of DenmarkUNSPECIFIED
Department of Energy (DOE)DE-AC52-07NA27344
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory10-SI-007
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)UNSPECIFIED
Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES)UNSPECIFIED
Subject Keywords:X-ray optics calibration, NuSTAR, hard X-rays, multilayers
Series Name:Proceedings of SPIE
Issue or Number:8147
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Official Citation:Nicolai F. Brejnholt ; Finn E. Christensen ; Anders C. Jakobsen ; Charles J. Hailey ; Jason E. Koglin ; Kenneth L. Blaedel ; Marcela Stern ; Doug Thornhill ; Clio Sleator ; Shuo Zhang ; William W. Craig ; Kristin K. Madsen ; Todd Decker ; Michael J. Pivovaroff ; Julia K. Vogel; NuSTAR ground calibration: The Rainwater Memorial Calibration Facility (RaMCaF). Proc. SPIE 8147, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy V, 81470I (October 06, 2011); doi:10.1117/12.894659
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
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