X-ray optics developments at ESA

M. Bavdaz, E. Wille, K. Wallace, B. Shortt, S. Fransen, N. Rando, M. Collon, M. Ackermann, G. Vacanti, R. Guenther, J. Haneveld, M. Olde Riekerink, A. Koelewijn, C. van Baren, D. Kampf, K.-H. Zuknik, A. Reutlinger, Finn Erland Christensen, Desiree Della Monica Ferreira, Anders Clemen JakobsenM. Krumrey, P. Müller, V. Burwitz, G. Pareschi, M. Ghigo, M. Civitani, L. Proserpio, D. Spiga, S. Basso, B. Salmaso, D. Gallieni, M. Tintori, P. Fumi, F. Martelli, G. Parodi, I. Ferrario, I. Povey

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Future high energy astrophysics missions will require high performance novel X-ray optics to explore the Universe beyond the limits of the currently operating Chandra and Newton observatories. Innovative optics technologies are therefore being developed and matured by the European Space Agency (ESA) in collaboration with research institutions and industry, enabling leading-edge future science missions.
Silicon Pore Optics (SPO) [1 to 21] and Slumped Glass Optics (SGO) [22 to 29] are lightweight high performance X-ray optics technologies being developed in Europe, driven by applications in observatory class high energy astrophysics missions, aiming at angular resolutions of 5” and providing effective areas of one or more square meters at a few keV.

This paper reports on the development activities led by ESA, and the status of the SPO and SGO technologies, including progress on high performance multilayer reflective coatings [30 to 35]. In addition, the progress with the X-ray test facilities and associated beam-lines is discussed [36].
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Original languageEnglish
Article number 88610L
JournalProceedings of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventOptics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy VI - San Diego, California, United States
Duration: 25 Aug 201325 Aug 2013


ConferenceOptics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy VI
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, California

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