A photometric imaging solar telescope, tunable in the extreme ultraviolet, utilizing multilayer x-ray optics
We present a new instrument for space-based observational solar physics, recently flown successfully on a sounding rocket, designed to provide high spatial resolution, time-resolved images of the solar corona at specific wavelengths in the extreme ultraviolet (XUV). The primary instrument employs multilayer x-ray mirrors in a novel geometry that affords quasi-monochromatic imaging at wavelengths tunable continuously over the spectral range from 17.1 to 21.1 nm. The secondary instrument also uses multilayer x-ray mirrors to provide high-resolution imaging at three fixed XUV wavelength bands. Both instruments use charge coupled device detectors and thin A1 filters for rejection of unwanted wavelengths. We describe the design, construction, and performance of the instrument and discuss prospects for the future.
Review of Scientific Instruments
- Pub Date:
- April 2002
- Charge-coupled devices image detectors and IR detector arrays;
- Space-based ultraviolet optical and infrared telescopes;
- Photography and photometry