The ATHENA telescope and optics status

Marcos Bavdaz, Eric Wille, Mark Ayre, Ivo Ferreira, Brian Shortt, Sebastiaan Fransen, Maximilien Collon, Giuseppe Vacanti, Nicolas Barriere, Boris Landgraf, Jeroen Haneveld, Coen van Baren, Karl-Heintz Zuknik, Desiree Della Monica Ferreira, Sonny Massahi, Finn Erland Christensen, Michael Krumrey, Vadim Burwitz, Giovanni Pareschi, Daniele SpigaGiuseppe Valsecchi, Dervis Vernani, Paul Oliver, André Seidel

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingArticle in proceedingsResearchpeer-review

356 Downloads (Pure)


The work on the definition and technological preparation of the ATHENA (Advanced Telescope for High ENergy Astrophysics) mission continues to progress. In parallel to the study of the accommodation of the telescope, many aspects of the X-ray optics are being evolved further. The optics technology chosen for ATHENA is the Silicon Pore Optics (SPO), which hinges on technology spin-in from the semiconductor industry, and uses a modular approach to produce large effective area lightweight telescope optics with a good angular resolution. Both system studies and the technology developments are guided by ESA and implemented in industry, with participation of institutional partners. In this paper an overview of the current status of the telescope optics accommodation and technology development activities is provided.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOptics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy VIII
EditorsStephen L. O'Dell, Giovanni Pareschi
Number of pages13
PublisherSPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication date2017
Article number10399B
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventSPIE Optics + Photonics 2017 - San Diego, United States
Duration: 6 Aug 201710 Aug 2017


ConferenceSPIE Optics + Photonics 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Internet address
SeriesProceedings of S P I E - International Society for Optical Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'The ATHENA telescope and optics status'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this