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Testing and modelling of the SVOM MXT narrow field lobster-eye telescope
Author(s): Charlotte Feldman; James Pearson; Richard Willingale; John Sykes; Paul Drumm; Paul Houghton; Chris Bicknell; Julian Osborne; Adrian Martindale; Paul O'Brien; Ray Fairbend; Emile Schyns; Sylvain Petit; Romain Roudot; Karine Mercier; Jean-Michel Le Duigou; Diego Gotz
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Paper Abstract

The Space-based multi-band astronomical Variable Objects Monitor (SVOM) is a French-Chinese space mission to be launched in 2021 with the goal of studying gamma-ray bursts, the most powerful stellar explosions in the Universe. The Microchannel X-ray Telescope (MXT) on-board SVOM, is an X-ray focusing telescope with a detector-limited field of view of ∼1 square° , working in the 0.2-10 keV energy band. The MXT is a narrow-field-optimised lobster eye telescope, designed to promptly detect and accurately locate gamma-ray bursts afterglows. The breadboard MXT optic comprises of an array of square pore micro pore optics (MPOs) which are slumped to a spherical radius of 2 m giving a focal length of 1 m and an intrinsic field of view of ∼6° . We present details of the baseline design and results from the ongoing X-ray tests of the breadboard and structural thermal model MPOs performed at the University of Leicester and at Panter. In addition, we present details of modelling and analysis which reveals the factors that limit the angular resolution, characteristics of the point spread function and the efficiency and collecting area of the currently available MPOs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 August 2017
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 10399, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy VIII, 103991Q (31 August 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2273416
Show Author Affiliations
Charlotte Feldman, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
James Pearson, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Richard Willingale, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
John Sykes, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Paul Drumm, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Paul Houghton, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Chris Bicknell, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Julian Osborne, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Adrian Martindale, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Paul O'Brien, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Ray Fairbend, PHOTONIS France S.A.S. (France)
Emile Schyns, PHOTONIS France S.A.S. (France)
Sylvain Petit, PHOTONIS France S.A.S. (France)
Romain Roudot, PHOTONIS France S.A.S. (France)
Karine Mercier, Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France)
Jean-Michel Le Duigou, Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France)
Diego Gotz, CEA-Ctr. de SACLAY (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10399:
Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy VIII
Stephen L. O'Dell; Giovanni Pareschi, Editor(s)

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