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On the development status of high performance silicon pore optics for future x-ray telescopes
Author(s): Stefan Kraft; M. Collon; R. Günther; R. Partapsing; M. Beijersbergen; M. Bavdaz; D. Lumb; A. Peacock; K. Wallace

Paper Abstract

Silicon pore optics have been proposed earlier as modular optical X-ray units in large Wolter-I telescopes that would match effective area and resolution requirements imposed by missions such as XEUS. Since then the optics have been developed further and the feasibility of the production of high-performance pore optics has been demonstrated. Optimisation of both the production and the assembly process allowed the generation of optics with larger areas with improved imaging performance. Silicon pore optics can now be manufactured with properties required for future X-ray telescopes. A suitable design that allows the implementation of pore optics into X-ray Optical Units in Wolter-I configuration was recently derived including an appropriate telescope mounting structure with interfaces for the individual components. The development status, the achieved performance and the requirements regarding future mirror production, optics assembly and related metrology for its characterisation are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 November 2017
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10567, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2006, 105671V (21 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2308117
Show Author Affiliations
Stefan Kraft, cosine Research BV (Netherlands)
M. Collon, cosine Research B.V. (Netherlands)
R. Günther, cosine Research B.V. (Netherlands)
R. Partapsing, cosine Research B.V. (Netherlands)
M. Beijersbergen, cosine Research B.V. (Netherlands)
M. Bavdaz, ESA-ESTEC (Netherlands)
D. Lumb, ESA-ESTEC (Netherlands)
A. Peacock, ESA-ESTEC (Netherlands)
K. Wallace, ESA-ESTEC (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10567:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2006
Errico Armandillo; Josiane Costeraste; Nikos Karafolas, Editor(s)

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