The Athena Optics

Marcos Bavdaz, Eric Wille, Brian Shortt, Sebastiaan Fransen, Maximilien Collon, Giuseppe Vacanti, Ramses Guenther, Alexei Yanson, Mark Vervest, Jeroen Haneveld, Coen van Baren, Karl-Heinz Zuknik, Finn Christensen, Michael Krumrey, Vadim Burwitz, Giovanni Pareschi, Giuseppe Valsecchi

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The Advanced Telescope for High ENergy Astrophysics (Athena) was selected in 2014 as the second large class mission (L2) of the ESA Cosmic Vision Science Programme within the Directorate of Science and Robotic Exploration. The mission development is proceeding via the implementation of the system studies and in parallel a comprehensive series of technology preparation activities. [1-3].The core enabling technology for the high performance mirror is the Silicon Pore Optics (SPO), a modular X-ray optics technology, which utilises processes and equipment developed for the semiconductor industry [4-31].This paper provides an overview of the programmatic background, the status of SPO technology and give an outline of the development roadmap and activities undertaken and planned by ESA.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE
Number of pages13
PublisherSPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication date2015
Article number96030J
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventOptics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy VII: Conference 9603 - San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, United States
Duration: 10 Aug 201513 Aug 2015


ConferenceOptics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy VII
LocationSan Diego Convention Center
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego
SeriesProceedings of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering

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


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