Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser.
Volume 122, Number 2, April II 1997
|Page(s)||327 - 340|
|Published online||15 April 1997|
The medium-energy concentrator spectrometer on board the BeppoSAX X-ray astronomy satellite
CNR - Istituto di Fisica Cosmica e Tecnologie Relative, Via Bassini 15, 20133 Milano, Italy
2 Dip. Fisica, Università di Milano, Via Celoria 16, 20133 Milano, Italy
3 CNR - Istituto di Fisica Cosmica ed Applicazioni dell'Informatica, Via Ugo La Malfa 153, 90146 Palermo, Italy
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Accepted: 21 October 1996
The scientific instrumentation on board the X-ray Astronomy Satellite BeppoSAX includes a Medium Energy Concentrator Spectrometer (MECS), operating in the energy range 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.
Key words: instrumentation: detectors / X-rays: general
© European Southern Observatory (ESO), 1997