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

R. Willingale, G. Pareschi, J.-W. den Herder, Desiree Della Monica Ferreira, Anders Clemen Jakobsen, M. Ackermann, M. Bavdaz

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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
Number of pages9
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 for astronomy


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