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Environmental testing of silicon pore optics for Athena (Conference Presentation)

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The European Space Agency (ESA) is developing the Athena (Advanced Telescope for High ENergy Astrophysics) X-ray telescope, an L-class mission in their current Cosmic Vision cycle for long-term planning of space science missions. Silicon Pore Optics (SPO) are a new type of X-ray optics enabling future X-ray observatories such as Athena and are being developed at cosine with ESA as well as academic and industrial partners. These high-performance, modular, lightweight yet stiff, high-resolution X-ray optics shall allow missions to reach an unprecedentedly large effective area of several square meters, operating in the 0.2 to 12 keV band with an angular resolution better than 5 arc seconds. As the development of Athena mission progresses, it is necessary to validate the SPO technology under launch conditions. To this end, ruggedisation and environmental testing studies are being conducted to ensure mechanical stability and optical performance of the optics before, during and after launch. At cosine, a facility with shock, vibration, tensile strength, long time storage and thermal testing equipment has been set up to test SPO mirror module components for compliance with the upcoming Ariane launch vehicle and the mission requirements. In this paper, we report on the progress of our ongoing investigations regarding tests on mechanical and thermal stability of mirror module components such as single SPO stacks complete mirror modules of inner (R = 250 mm), middle (R = 737 mm) and outer (R = 1500 mm) radii.

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Date Published: 9 September 2019
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Proc. SPIE 11119, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy IX, 111190K (9 September 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2530866
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David Girou, cosine measurement systems (Netherlands)
Boris Landgraf, cosine measurement systems (Netherlands)
Maximilien J. Collon, cosine measurement systems (Netherlands)
Giuseppe Vacanti, cosine measurement systems (Netherlands)
Nicolas M. Barriere, cosine measurement systems (Netherlands)
Ramses Günther, cosine measurement systems (Netherlands)
Mark Vervest, cosine measurement systems (Netherlands)
Luc Voruz, cosine measurement systems (Netherlands)
Ben Okma, cosine measurement systems (Netherlands)
Laurens Keek, cosine measurement systems (Netherlands)
Sjoerd Verhoeckx, cosine measurement systems (Netherlands)
Ljubiša Babić, cosine measurement systems (Netherlands)
Marco W. Beijersbergen, cosine measurement systems (Netherlands)
Marcos Bavdaz, European Space Research and Technology Ctr., European Space Agency (Netherlands)
Eric Wille, European Space Research and Technology Ctr.,European Space Agency (Netherlands)
Sebastiaan Fransen, European Space Research and Technology Ctr., European Space Agency (Netherlands)
Coen van Baren, SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research (Netherlands)
Alexander Eigenraam, SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research (Netherlands)
Nikhil More, SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11119:
Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy IX
Stephen L. O'Dell; Giovanni Pareschi, Editor(s)

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