Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences
The CODEX sounding rocket payload was designed and flown to significantly improve spectral resolution of the Vela supernova remnant (SNR) in the soft x-ray (0.1 − 1.0 keV) bandpass. High spectral resolution (E/ΔE > 40) across its 3.25° ×3.25° field of view would disentangle thermal emission from nonthermal or line emission components to constrain the age when SNRs stop emitting nonthermal x-rays. Relatively recent observations have found significant nonthermal emission from remnants up to several kyr old, but CODEX encountered concurrent problems of higher noise and lower signal than expected, leaving the thermal versus nonthermal question unanswered in the 11 kyr-old Vela SNR. This thesis covers the motivation, design, and post-flight analysis of the CODEX instrument and data from its flight.
Zeiger, Benjamin Ryan, "Soft x-ray spectroscopy of the Vela supernova remnant" (2013). Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences Graduate Theses & Dissertations. 22.