In July 2000 we took the XRS engineering model detector and electronics to the electron beam ion trap EBIT-II at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, to perform some laboratory astrophysics.

Because calorimeters (and in many cases the grating instruments on Chandra and XMM-Newton) provide such an improvement in resolution over previous instruments, we need to understand the X-ray emission of various ions much better than we currently do.

To help improve our understanding of X-ray physics, we use the EBIT to make plasmas and measure the X-rays emitted from them. The good thing is that in EBIT we can control the conditions of the plasma (temperature, density, etc.), and learn how the conditions change the X-ray spectrum emitted.

This page written and maintained by Kevin R. Boyce (email: Kevin.R.Boyce@gsfc.nasa.gov)
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