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Optical design of the STAR-X telescope
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Top-level science objectives of the Survey and Time-domain Astrophysical Research eXplorer (STAR-X) include: investigations of most violent explosions in the universe, study of growth of black holes across cosmic time and mass scale, and measure how structure formation heats majority of baryons in the universe. To meet these objectives, the STAR-X telescope requires a field of view of about 1 square-degree, an angular resolution of 5 arc-seconds or better across large part of the field of view. The on-axis effective area at 1 keV should be about 2,000 cm2 . Payload cost and launch considerations limit the outer diameter, focal length, and mass to 1.3 meters, 5 meters, and 250 kilograms, respectively. Telescope design is based on a segmented meta-shell approach we have developed at Goddard Space Flight Center. The telescope mirror shells are divided into segments. Individual shells are nested inside each other to meet the effective area requirements in 0.5 – 6.0 keV range. We consider Wolter-Schwarzschild, and Modified-WolterSchwarzschild telescopes. These designs offer an excellent PSF over a large field of view. Nested shells are vulnerable to stray light problems. We have designed a multi-component baffle system to eliminate direct and single-reflection light paths inside the mirror assembly. Large numbers of internal and external baffles are required to prevent stray rays from reaching the focal plane. We have developed a simple ray-trace tool to determine the dimensions and locations of the baffles. In this paper, we present the results of our trade studies, baffle design studies, and optical performance analyses of the STAR-X telescope.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 August 2017
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 10399, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy VIII, 103990I (29 August 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2273803
Show Author Affiliations
Timo T. Saha, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
William W. Zhang, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Ryan S. McClelland, SGT, Inc. (United States)


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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