Coating optimization for the ATHENA+ mission

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The ATHENA mission concept, now called ATHENA+, continues to be refined to address important questions in modern astrophysics. Previous studies have established that the requirement for effective area can be achieved using a combination of bi-layer coatings and/or simple graded multilayers. We find that further coating developments can improve on the baseline specifications and present here preliminary results on the optimization of coating design based on the new specifications of the ATHENA+ mission. The performances of several material combinations are investigated with the goal of maximizing the telescope effective area within the energy envelope of the mission and simulation of mirror performance is carried out. © (2013) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.
Original languageEnglish
Article number886112
JournalProceedings of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventOptics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy VI - San Diego, California, United States
Duration: 25 Aug 201325 Aug 2013


ConferenceOptics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy VI
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, California

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