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

Nicolai Brejnholt, Finn Erland Christensen, Anders Clemen 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

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume8147
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)81470I-9
ISSN0277-786X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Keywords

  • NuSTAR
  • Multilayers
  • Hard X-rays
  • X-ray optics calibration

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