Invited article: First flight in space of a wide-field-of-view soft x-ray imager using lobster-eye optics: Instrument description and initial flight results

Michael R. Collier, F. Scott Porter, David G. Sibeck, Jenny A. Carter, Meng P. Chiao, Dennis J. Chornay, Thomas E. Cravens, Massimiliano Galeazzi, John W. Keller, Dimitra Koutroumpa, Joseph Kujawski, Kip Kuntz, Andy M. Read, Ina P. Robertson, Steve Sembay, Steven L. Snowden, Nicholas Thomas, Youaraj Uprety, Brian M. Walsh

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Abstract

We describe the development, launch into space, and initial results from a prototype wide field-of-view soft X-ray imager that employs lobster-eye optics and targets heliophysics, planetary, and astrophysics science. The sheath transport observer for the redistribution of mass is the first instrument using this type of optics launched into space and provides proof-of-concept for future flight instruments capable of imaging structures such as the terrestrial cusp, the entire dayside magnetosheath from outside the magnetosphere, comets, the Moon, and the solar wind interaction with planetary bodies like Venus and Mars [Kuntz et al., Astrophys. J. (in press)].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number071301
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Volume86
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015

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    Collier, M. R., Porter, F. S., Sibeck, D. G., Carter, J. A., Chiao, M. P., Chornay, D. J., Cravens, T. E., Galeazzi, M., Keller, J. W., Koutroumpa, D., Kujawski, J., Kuntz, K., Read, A. M., Robertson, I. P., Sembay, S., Snowden, S. L., Thomas, N., Uprety, Y., & Walsh, B. M. (2015). Invited article: First flight in space of a wide-field-of-view soft x-ray imager using lobster-eye optics: Instrument description and initial flight results. Review of Scientific Instruments, 86(7), [071301]. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4927259