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Simulating x-ray telescopes with McXtrace: a case study of ATHENA’s optics
Author(s): Desiree D. M. Ferreira; Erik B. Knudsen; Niels J. Westergaard; Finn E. Christensen; Sonny Massahi; Brian Shortt; Daniele Spiga; Mathias Solstad; Kim Lefmann
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Paper Abstract

We use the X-ray ray-tracing package McXtrace to simulate the performance of X-ray telescopes based on Silicon Pore Optics (SPO) technologies. We use as reference the design of the optics of the planned X-ray mission Advanced Telescope for High ENergy Astrophysics (ATHENA) which is designed as a single X-ray telescope populated with stacked SPO substrates forming mirror modules to focus X-ray photons. We show that is possible to simulate in detail the SPO pores and qualify the use of McXtrace for in-depth analysis of in-orbit performance and laboratory X-ray test results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 July 2016
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9905, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 990576 (18 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2233060
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Desiree D. M. Ferreira, DTU Space, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
Erik B. Knudsen, DTU Fysik, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
Niels J. Westergaard, DTU Space, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
Finn E. Christensen, DTU Space, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
Sonny Massahi, DTU Space, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
Brian Shortt, European Space Agency (Denmark)
Daniele Spiga, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
Mathias Solstad, Univ. of Copenhagen (Denmark)
Kim Lefmann, Univ. of Copenhagen (Denmark)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9905:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Jan-Willem A. den Herder; Tadayuki Takahashi; Marshall Bautz, Editor(s)

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