Science requirements and optimization of the silicon pore optics design for the Athena mirror

Publication: Research - peer-reviewConference article – Annual report year: 2014

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The science requirements for the Athena X-ray mirror are to provide a collecting area of 2 m2 at 1 keV, an angular resolution of ~5 arc seconds half energy eidth (HEW) and a field of view of diameter 40-50 arc minutes. This combination of area and angular resolution over a wide field are possible because of unique features of the Silicon pore optics (SPO) technology used. Here we describe the optimization and modifications of the SPO technology required to achieve the Athena mirror specification and demonstrate how the optical design of the mirror system impacts on the scientific performance of Athena.
Original languageEnglish
Article number91442E-1
JournalProceedings of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume9144
Number of pages9
ISSN0277-786X
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
EventSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014 - Montréal, Canada

Conference

ConferenceSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014
Number9144
LocationPalais des congrès de Montréal
CountryCanada
CityMontréal
Period22/06/201426/06/2014
CitationsWeb of Science® Times Cited: 7

    Keywords

  • X-ray optics for astronomy
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