Dr Martin Barstow (Leicester)
6th November 2002
"The future of high resolution X-ray and EUV spectroscopy"

The high cost of large scale X-ray astronomy facilities based on grazing incidence optics creates huge delays in the development of new missions. The next generation of telescopes, following on from XMM-Newton and Chandra, which include the XEUS and Constellation-X concepts are probably 15 years or more away.

This talk will describe the development of a new, low cost spectrometer, based on a normal incidence design, which can deliver an effective area and resolving power well in advance of the Chandra LETG. The kind of science accessible to this kind of instrument will be discussed and illustrated by an attempt to obtain the highest resolution X-ray/EUV spectrum ever recorded by flying the instrument on a sounding rocket.

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