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NANOX: proposed Nano-Satellite X-Ray Mission
Author(s): Vladimir Tichý; Vojtěch Šimon; René Hudec; Adolf Inneman; David N. Burrows
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Paper Abstract

We present the idea of a low-cost satellite providing permanent monitoring of X-ray binaries. These systems contain a compact object (a neutron star or a black hole) accreting matter from a donor companion. They concentrate in the vicinity of the Galactic plane and toward the center of the Galaxy. It therefore appears very advantageous to point the telescope toward the Galactic center. The strong activity of X-ray binaries with non-predictable episodes of brightening suggests that we can obtain meaningful and physically important information even by a study using a small, inexpensive satellite. The proposed spacecraft can be of the nano-satellite class. We propose Schmidt lobster optics for this satellite. The results of experimental tests of the specimen of such optics show that the mission is feasible.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 May 2013
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8777, Damage to VUV, EUV, and X-ray Optics IV; and EUV and X-ray Optics: Synergy between Laboratory and Space III, 877711 (9 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2017612
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Vladimir Tichý, Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)
Univ. of Jan Evangelista Purkinjie (Czech Republic)
Vojtěch Šimon, Astronomical Institute of the ASCR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)
René Hudec, Astronomical Institute of the ASCR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)
Adolf Inneman, Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)
Rigaku Innovative Technologies Europe s.r.o (Czech Republic)
David N. Burrows, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8777:
Damage to VUV, EUV, and X-ray Optics IV; and EUV and X-ray Optics: Synergy between Laboratory and Space III
Libor Juha; René Hudec; Ladislav Pina; Saša Bajt; Richard London, Editor(s)

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