Preparing the optics technology to observe the hot universe

M. Bavdaz, Eric Wille, Kotska Wallace, Brian Shortt, S. Fransen, Maximilien Collon, Marcelo Ackermann, Giuseppe Vacanti, Ramses Guenther, Jeroen Haneveld, Mark Olde Riekerink, Coen van Baren, Dirk Kampf, Karl-Heinz Zuknik, Finn Erland Christensen, Desiree Della Monica Ferreira, Anders Clemen Jakobsen, Michael Krumrey, Peter Müller, Vadim BurwitzGiovanni Pareschi, Mauro Ghigo

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With the selection of “The hot and energetic Universe” as science theme for ESA's second large class mission (L2) in the Cosmic Vision programme, work is focusing on the technology preparation for an advanced X-ray observatory. The core enabling technology for the high performance mirror is the Silicon Pore Optics (SPO) [1 to 23], a modular X-ray optics technology, which utilises processes and equipment developed for the semiconductor industry. The paper provides an overview of the programmatic background, the status of SPO technology and gives an outline of the development roadmap and activities undertaken and planned by ESA on optics, coatings [24 to 30] and test facilities [31, 33].
Original languageEnglish
Article number91442F-1
JournalProceedings of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray - Palais des congrès de Montréal, Montréal, Canada
Duration: 22 Jun 201426 Jun 2014
Conference number: 9144


ConferenceSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014
LocationPalais des congrès de Montréal


  • X-ray optics
  • X-ray astronomy
  • Athe na
  • Silicon Pore Optics
  • X-ray telescopes
  • X-ray testing
  • Technology preparation

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