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The microchannel x-ray telescope for the gamma-ray burst mission SVOM
Author(s): D. Götz; J. Osborne; B. Cordier; J. Paul; P. Evans; A. Beardmore; A. Martindale; R. Willingale; P. O'Brien; S. Basa; C. Rossin; O. Godet; N. Webb; J. Greiner; K. Nandra; N. Meidinger; E. Perinati; A. Santangelo; K. Mercier; F. Gonzalez
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Paper Abstract

We present the Microchannel X-ray Telescope, a new light and compact focussing telescope that will be ying on the Sino-French SVOM mission dedicated to Gamma-Ray Burst science. The MXT design is based on the coupling of square pore micro-channel plates with a low noise pnCCD. MXT will provide an effective area of about 50 cm2, and its point spread function is expected to be better than 3.7 arc min (FWHM) on axis. The estimated sensitivity is adequate to detect all the afterglows of the SVOM GRBs, and to localize them to better then 60 arc sec after five minutes of observation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 July 2014
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9144, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 914423 (25 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2054898
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D. Götz, Lab. AIM, CEA-IRFU (France)
J. Osborne, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
B. Cordier, Lab. AIM, CEA-IRFU (France)
J. Paul, Lab. AIM, CEA-IRFU (France)
P. Evans, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
A. Beardmore, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
A. Martindale, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
R. Willingale, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
P. O'Brien, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
S. Basa, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille, CNRS (France)
C. Rossin, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille, CNRS (France)
O. Godet, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, CNRS, Univ. de Toulouse (France)
N. Webb, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, CNRS, Univ. de Toulouse (France)
J. Greiner, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
K. Nandra, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
N. Meidinger, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
E. Perinati, Institut für Astronomie und Astrophysik Tübingen, Eberhard Karls Univ. Tübingen (Germany)
A. Santangelo, Institut für Astronomie und Astrophysik Tübingen, Eberhard Karls Univ. Tübingen (Germany)
K. Mercier, Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France)
F. Gonzalez, Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9144:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Tadayuki Takahashi; Jan-Willem A. den Herder; Mark Bautz, Editor(s)

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