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X-ray monitoring for astrophysical applications
Author(s): L. Pina; D. Burrows; W. Cash; D. Cerna; P. Gorenstein; R. Hudec; A. Inneman; J. Jakubek; V. Marsikova; L. Sieger; V. Tichy
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Paper Abstract

This work addresses the issue of X-ray monitoring for astrophysical applications. The proposed wide-field optical system has not been used in space yet. The proposed novel approach is based on the use of 1D "Lobster eye" optics in combination with Timepix X-ray detector in the energy range 3 - 40 keV. The proposed project includes theoretical study and a functional sample of the Timepix X-ray detector with multifoil wide-field X-ray "Lobster eye" optics. Using optics to focus X-rays on a detector is the only solution in cases the intensity of impinging X-ray radiation is below the sensitivity of the detector, e.g. while monitoring astrophysical objects in space, or phenomena in the Earth's atmosphere. The optical system could be used in a student rocket experiment at University of Colorado. Ideal opportunity is to extend the CubeSat of Pennsylvania State University with the hard X-ray telescope demonstrator consisting of an optical module and Timepix detector.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 September 2014
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9207, Advances in X-Ray/EUV Optics and Components IX, 92070T (5 September 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2064726
Show Author Affiliations
L. Pina, Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)
D. Burrows, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
W. Cash, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder (United States)
D. Cerna, Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)
Rigaku Innovative Technologies Europe (Czech Republic)
P. Gorenstein, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
R. Hudec, Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)
A. Inneman, Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)
Rigaku Innovative Technologies Europe (Czech Republic)
J. Jakubek, Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)
V. Marsikova, Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)
L. Sieger, Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)
V. Tichy, Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9207:
Advances in X-Ray/EUV Optics and Components IX
Christian Morawe; Ali M. Khounsary; Shunji Goto, Editor(s)

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