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Simulating the optical performances of the ATHENA x-ray telescope optics
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Paper Abstract

The ATHENA (Advanced Telescope for High Energy Astrophysics) X-ray observatory is an ESA-selected L2 class mission. In the proposed configuration, the optical assembly has a diameter of 2.2 m with an effective area of 1.4 m2 at 1 keV, 0.25 m2 at 6 keV, and requires an angular resolution of 5 arcsec. To meet the requirements of effective area and angular resolution, the technology of Silicon Pore Optics (SPO) was selected for the optics implementation. The ATHENA’s optic assembly requires hundreds of SPOs mirror modules (MMs), obtained by stacking wedged and ribbed silicon wafer plates onto silicon mandrels to form the Wolter-I configuration. Different factors can contribute to limit the imaging performances of SPOs, such as i) diffraction through the pore apertures, ii) plate deformations due to fabrication errors and surface roughness, iii) alignment errors among plates in an MM, and iv) co-focality errors within the MMs assembly. In order to determine the fabrication and assembling tolerances, the impact of these contributions needs to be assessed prior to manufacturing. A set of simulation tools responding to this need was developed in the framework of the ESA-financed projects SIMPOSIuM and ASPHEA. In this paper, we present the performance simulation obtained for the recentlyproposed ATHENA configuration in terms of effective area, and we provide a simulation of the diffractive effects in a pair of SPO MMs. Finally, we present an updated sizing of magnetic diverter (a Halbach array) and the magnetic fields levels that can be reached in order to deviate the most energetic protons out of the detector field.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 August 2018
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 10699, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 106993N (20 August 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2315019
Show Author Affiliations
Giorgia Sironi, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
Daniele Spiga, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
SLAC National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Desiree Della Monica Ferreira, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
Ivo Ferreira, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
Marcos Bavdaz, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
Erik Bergback Knudsen, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
Giovanni Bianucci, Media Lario S.r.l. (Italy)
Finn Erland Christensen, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
Maximilien Collon, cosine B.V. (Netherlands)
Fabio Marioni, Media Lario S.r.l. (Italy)
Giovanni Pareschi, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
Arne 'S Jagers, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
Bianca Salmaso, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
Brian Shortt, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
Gianpiero Tagliaferri, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
Giuseppe Vacanti, cosine B.V. (Netherlands)
Paolo Conconi, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
Giuseppe Valsecchi, Media Lario S.r.l. (Italy)
Niels J. Westergaard, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
Eric Wille, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
Sonny Massahi, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10699:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Jan-Willem A. den Herder; Shouleh Nikzad; Kazuhiro Nakazawa, Editor(s)

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