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Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser.
Volume 122, Number 2, April_II 1997
Page(s) 327 - 340
DOI: 10.1051/aas:1997138

A&A Supplement series, Vol. 122, April II 1997, 327-340

Received May 15; accepted October 21, 1996

The medium-energy concentrator spectrometer on board the BeppoSAX X-ray astronomy satellite

G. Boellatex2html_wrap521 - L. Chiappettitex2html_wrap523 - G. Contitex2html_wrap525 - G. Cusumanotex2html_wrap527 - S. Del Sordotex2html_wrap529 - G. La Rosatex2html_wrap531 - M.C. Maccaronetex2html_wrap533 - T. Mineotex2html_wrap535 - S. Molenditex2html_wrap537 - S. Retex2html_wrap539 - B. Saccotex2html_wrap541 - M. Tripicianotex2html_wrap543

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tex2html_wrap545  CNR - Istituto di Fisica Cosmica e Tecnologie Relative, Via Bassini 15, 20133 Milano, Italy
tex2html_wrap547  CNR - Istituto di Fisica Cosmica ed Applicazioni dell'Informatica, Via Ugo La Malfa 153, 90146 Palermo, Italy
tex2html_wrap549  Dip. Fisica, Università di Milano, Via Celoria 16, 20133 Milano, Italy


The scientific instrumentation on board the X-ray Astronomy Satellite BeppoSAX includes a Medium Energy Concentrator Spectrometer (MECS), operating in the energy range tex2html_wrap_inline509 keV, which consists of three units, each composed of a grazing incidence Mirror Unit and of a position sensitive Gas Scintillation Proportional Counter. The design and performance of the MECS instrument are here described, together with its on-ground calibration.

keywords: instrumentation: detectors -- X-rays: general

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