Silicon pore optics mirror module production and testing

Maximilien J. Collon, Giuseppe Vacanti, Nicolas Barriere, Boris Landgraf, Ramses Guenther, Mark Vervest, Roy Van Der Hoeven, Abdel Chatbi, David Girou, Jessica Sforzini, Marco W. Beijersbergen, Marcos Bavdaz, Eric Wille, Sebastiaan Fransen, Brian Shortt, Ivo Ferreira, Jeroen Haneveld, Karin Booysen, Arenda Koelewijn, Maurice WijnperleJan Joost Lankwarden, Coen Van Baren, Alexander Eigenraam, Jan Willem Den Herder, Peter Müller, Michael Krumrey, Vadim Burwitz, Giovanni Pareschi, Sonny Massahi, Desirée Della Monica Ferreira, Finn E. Christensen, Giuseppe Valsecchi, Paul Oliver, Ian Chequer, Kevin Ball, Karl Heinz Zuknik, Dervis Vernani

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Silicon Pore Optics (SPO) has been established as a new type of x-ray optics that enables future x-ray observatories such as Athena. SPO is being developed at cosine with the European Space Agency (ESA) and academic and industrial partners. The optics modules are lightweight, yet stiff, high-resolution x-ray optics, that shall allow missions to reach an unprecedentedly large effective area of several square meters, operating in the 0.2 - 12 keV band with an angular resolution better than 5 arc seconds. In this paper we are going to discuss the latest generation production facilities and we are going to present results of the production of mirror modules for a focal length of 12 m, including x-ray test results.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
EditorsJan-Willem A. den Herder, Shouleh Nikzad, Kazuhiro Nakazawa
Number of pages11
PublisherSPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication date2018
Article number106990Y
ISBN (Print)9781510619517
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventSPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray - Austin, United States
Duration: 10 Jun 201815 Jun 2018


ConferenceSPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
CountryUnited States
Sponsor4D Technology Corporation, Andor Technology, Ltd., Astronomical Consultants and Equipment, Inc., Giant Magellan Telescope, SPIE


  • pore optics
  • silicon
  • SPO
  • stack
  • wafer
  • X-ray astronomy
  • X-ray optics
  • X-ray telescopes

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