18 July 2016 The ATHENA optics development
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ATHENA (Advanced Telescope for High ENergy Astrophysics) is being studied by the European Space Agency (ESA) as the second large science mission, with a launch slot in 2028. System studies and technology preparation activities are on-going. The optics of the telescope is based on the modular Silicon Pore Optics (SPO), a novel X-ray optics technology significantly benefiting from spin-in from the semiconductor industry. Several technology development activities are being implemented by ESA in collaboration with European industry and institutions. The related programmatic background, technology development approach and the associated implementation planning are presented.
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Marcos Bavdaz, Eric Wille, Brian Shortt, Sebastiaan Fransen, Maximilien Collon, Nicolas Barriere, Alexei Yanson, Giuseppe Vacanti, Jeroen Haneveld, Coen van Baren, Karl-Heinz Zuknik, Finn Christensen, Desiree Della Monica Ferreira, Michael Krumrey, Vadim Burwitz, Giovanni Pareschi, Daniele Spiga, Giuseppe Valsecchi, Dervis Vernani, "The ATHENA optics development", Proc. SPIE 9905, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 990527 (18 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2233037; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2233037
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