6 October 2011 The Extreme Physics Explorer and large area micro-channel plate optics
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The Extreme Physics Explorer (EPE) is a concept timing/spectroscopy mission that would use micro-channel plate optics (MCPO) to provide 4m2 effective area focused to ~1 arc-min onto an X-ray calorimeter. We describe science drivers for such a mission, possible designs for the large area MCPO needed for EPE, and the challenges of the large area MCPO design.
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Michael Garcia, Martin Elvis, Jon Chappell, Laura Brenneman, Daniel Patnaude, Ian Evans, Ricardo Bruni, Suzanne Romaine, Eric Silver, Richard Willingale, George Fraser, T. J. Turner, Brian Ramsey, "The Extreme Physics Explorer and large area micro-channel plate optics", Proc. SPIE 8147, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy V, 81471N (6 October 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.894261; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.894261
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