The Spectrometer Telescope for Imaging X-rays (STIX) on board the Solar Orbiter mission

A. O. Benz, S. Krucker, G. J. Hurforda, N. G. Arnold, P. Orleanskia, H. P. Gröbelbauer, S. Kobler, L. Iseli, H. J. Wiehl, A. Csillaghy, L. Etesi, N. Hochmuth, M. Battaglia, M. Bednarzik, R. Resanovic, O. Grimm, G. Viertel, V. Commichau, A. Meuris, O. LimousinS. Brun, N. Vilmer, K. R. Skup, R. Graczyk, M. Stolarski, M. Michalska, W. Nowosielski, A. Cichocki, M. Mosdorf, K. Seweryn, A. Przepiórka, J. Sylwester, M. Kowalinski, T. Mrozek, P. Podgorski, G. Mann, H. Aurass, E. Popow, H. Önel, F. Dionies, S. Bauer, J. Rendtel, A. Warmuth, M. Woche, D. Plüschke, W. Bittner, J. Paschke, D. Wolter, H. F. Van Beek, F. Farnik, J. Kasparova, A. M. Veronig, I. W. Kienreich, P. T. Gallagher, D. S. Bloomfield, M. Piana, A. M. Massone, B. R. Dennis, R. A. Schwartz, R. P. Lin

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The Spectrometer Telescope for Imaging X-rays (STIX) is one of 10 instruments on board Solar Orbiter, a confirmed Mclass mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) within the Cosmic Vision program scheduled to be launched in 2017. STIX applies a Fourier-imaging technique using a set of tungsten grids (at pitches from 0.038 to 1 mm) in front of 32 pixelized CdTe detectors to provide imaging spectroscopy of solar thermal and non-Thermal hard X-ray emissions from 4 to 150 keV. The status of the instrument reviewed in this paper is based on the design that passed the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) in early 2012. Particular emphasis is given to the first light of the detector system called Caliste- SO.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012
Subtitle of host publicationUltraviolet to Gamma Ray
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 1 Jul 20126 Jul 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


ConferenceSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray


  • Solar Physics
  • X-ray imaging
  • X-ray spectrometer


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