25 July 2014 The microchannel x-ray telescope for the gamma-ray burst mission SVOM
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We present the Microchannel X-ray Telescope, a new light and compact focussing telescope that will be ying on the Sino-French SVOM mission dedicated to Gamma-Ray Burst science. The MXT design is based on the coupling of square pore micro-channel plates with a low noise pnCCD. MXT will provide an effective area of about 50 cm2, and its point spread function is expected to be better than 3.7 arc min (FWHM) on axis. The estimated sensitivity is adequate to detect all the afterglows of the SVOM GRBs, and to localize them to better then 60 arc sec after five minutes of observation.
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D. Götz, J. Osborne, B. Cordier, J. Paul, P. Evans, A. Beardmore, A. Martindale, R. Willingale, P. O'Brien, S. Basa, C. Rossin, O. Godet, N. Webb, J. Greiner, K. Nandra, N. Meidinger, E. Perinati, A. Santangelo, K. Mercier, F. Gonzalez, "The microchannel x-ray telescope for the gamma-ray burst mission SVOM", Proc. SPIE 9144, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 914423 (25 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2054898; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2054898
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