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Technology requirements for a square meter, arcsecond resolution telescope for x-rays: the SMART-X mission
Author(s): Daniel A. Schwartz; Ryan Allured; Jay A. Bookbinder; Vincenzo Cotroneo; William R. Forman; Mark D. Freeman; Stuart McMuldroch; Paul B. Reid; Harvey Tananbaum; Alexey A. Vikhlinin; Raegan L. Johnson-Wilke; Susan E. Trolier-McKinstry; Rudeger H. T. Wilke; Thomas N Jackson; J. Israel Ramirez; Mikhail V. Gubarev; Jeffery J. Kolodziejczak; Stephen L. O'Dell; Brian D. Ramsey
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Paper Abstract

Addressing the astrophysical problems of the 2020’s requires sub-arcsecond x-ray imaging with square meter effective area. Such requirements can be derived, for example, by considering deep x-ray surveys to find the young black holes in the early universe (large redshifts) which will grow into the first super-massive black holes. We have envisioned a mission, the Square Meter Arcsecond Resolution Telescope for X-rays (SMART-X), based on adjustable x-ray optics technology, incorporating mirrors with the required small ratio of mass to collecting area. We are pursuing technology which achieves sub-arcsecond resolution by on-orbit adjustment via thin film piezoelectric “cells” deposited directly on the non-reflecting sides of thin, slumped glass. While SMART-X will also incorporate state-of-the-art x-ray cameras, the remaining spacecraft systems have no requirements more stringent than those which are well understood and proven on the current Chandra X-ray Observatory.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 2014
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9208, Adaptive X-Ray Optics III, 920806 (17 September 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2063469
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Daniel A. Schwartz, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Ryan Allured, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Jay A. Bookbinder, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Vincenzo Cotroneo, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
William R. Forman, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Mark D. Freeman, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Stuart McMuldroch, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Paul B. Reid, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Harvey Tananbaum, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Alexey A. Vikhlinin, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Raegan L. Johnson-Wilke, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Susan E. Trolier-McKinstry, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Rudeger H. T. Wilke, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Thomas N Jackson, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
J. Israel Ramirez, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Mikhail V. Gubarev, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Jeffery J. Kolodziejczak, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Stephen L. O'Dell, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Brian D. Ramsey, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9208:
Adaptive X-Ray Optics III
Stephen L. O'Dell; Ali M. Khounsary, Editor(s)

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