31 August 2017 Testing and modelling of the SVOM MXT narrow field lobster-eye telescope
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The Space-based multi-band astronomical Variable Objects Monitor (SVOM) is a French-Chinese space mission to be launched in 2021 with the goal of studying gamma-ray bursts, the most powerful stellar explosions in the Universe. The Microchannel X-ray Telescope (MXT) on-board SVOM, is an X-ray focusing telescope with a detector-limited field of view of ∼1 square° , working in the 0.2-10 keV energy band. The MXT is a narrow-field-optimised lobster eye telescope, designed to promptly detect and accurately locate gamma-ray bursts afterglows. The breadboard MXT optic comprises of an array of square pore micro pore optics (MPOs) which are slumped to a spherical radius of 2 m giving a focal length of 1 m and an intrinsic field of view of ∼6° . We present details of the baseline design and results from the ongoing X-ray tests of the breadboard and structural thermal model MPOs performed at the University of Leicester and at Panter. In addition, we present details of modelling and analysis which reveals the factors that limit the angular resolution, characteristics of the point spread function and the efficiency and collecting area of the currently available MPOs.
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Charlotte Feldman, Charlotte Feldman, James Pearson, James Pearson, Richard Willingale, Richard Willingale, John Sykes, John Sykes, Paul Drumm, Paul Drumm, Paul Houghton, Paul Houghton, Chris Bicknell, Chris Bicknell, Julian Osborne, Julian Osborne, Adrian Martindale, Adrian Martindale, Paul O'Brien, Paul O'Brien, Ray Fairbend, Ray Fairbend, Emile Schyns, Emile Schyns, Sylvain Petit, Sylvain Petit, Romain Roudot, Romain Roudot, Karine Mercier, Karine Mercier, Jean-Michel Le Duigou, Jean-Michel Le Duigou, Diego Gotz, Diego Gotz, } "Testing and modelling of the SVOM MXT narrow field lobster-eye telescope", Proc. SPIE 10399, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy VIII, 103991Q (31 August 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2273416; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2273416
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