29 August 2017 The Athena telescope and optics status
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Proceedings Volume 10399, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy VIII; 103990B (2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2274776
Event: SPIE Optical Engineering + Applications, 2017, San Diego, California, United States
Abstract
The work on the definition and technological preparation of the ATHENA (Advanced Telescope for High ENergy Astrophysics) mission continues to progress. In parallel to the study of the accommodation of the telescope, many aspects of the X-ray optics are being evolved further. The optics technology chosen for ATHENA is the Silicon Pore Optics (SPO), which hinges on technology spin-in from the semiconductor industry, and uses a modular approach to produce large effective area lightweight telescope optics with a good angular resolution. Both system studies and the technology developments are guided by ESA and implemented in industry, with participation of institutional partners. In this paper an overview of the current status of the telescope optics accommodation and technology development activities is provided.
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Marcos Bavdaz, Eric Wille, Mark Ayre, Ivo Ferreira, Brian Shortt, Sebastiaan Fransen, Maximilien Collon, Giuseppe Vacanti, Nicolas Barriere, Boris Landgraf, Jeroen Haneveld, Coen van Baren, Karl-Heintz Zuknik, Desiree Della Monica Ferreira, Sonny Massahi, Finn Christensen, Michael Krumrey, Vadim Burwitz, Giovanni Pareschi, Daniele Spiga, Giuseppe Valsecchi, Dervis Vernani, Paul Oliver, André Seidel, "The Athena telescope and optics status", Proc. SPIE 10399, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy VIII, 103990B (29 August 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2274776; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2274776
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Telescopes

Silicon

X-ray optics

X-ray telescopes

High energy astrophysics

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