AAS 207th Meeting, 8-12 January 2006
Session 12 Con-X Instruments and Optics
Poster, Monday, 9:20am-7:00pm, January 9, 2006, Exhibit Hall

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[12.01] Highlights of Constellation-X Reflection Grating Spectrometer Technology Development

K. Flanagan (MIT), W. Cash (University of Colorado), R. Heilmann, G. Prigozhin (MIT), A. Rasmussen (SLAC), G. Ricker, M. Schattenburg (MIT), A. Shipley (University of Colorado)

Constellation-X is a high-throughput high-resolution spectroscopy mission and a Great Observatory of NASA's Beyond Einstein program. The Reflection Grating Spectrometer (RGS) aboard Constellation-X provides high resolution X-ray spectra over 0.25-2.0 keV. The instrument's two components (a grating array and a detector readout array) each require significant technological advances to meet the Constellation-X requirements for effective area and spectral resolution. We review the technology status, recent achievements and challenges of the Con-X Reflection Grating Spectrometer.

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