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The Mercury Imaging X-ray Spectrometer: optics design and characterisation
Author(s): A. Martindale; J. F. Pearson; G. W. Fraser; J. D. Carpenter; R. Willingale; T. Stevenson; C. Whitford; F. Giannini; R. Fairbend; J. Seguy; E. Sclater; I. Delgado; M. Kaipiainen; S. Nenonen; T. Pilvi; E. Schyns; C. Bulloch; C. Sawyers; K. Muinonen
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Paper Abstract

We report progress in the design, theoretical modeling and experimental characterisation of microchannel plate (MCP) X-ray optics for the BepiColombo Mercury Imaging X-ray Spectrometer (MIXS). We show that MCP optics technology allows the design of a highly capable imaging telescope with 1 m focal length, a 1° field of view and approximately 50 cm2 of on-axis effective area at 1 keV. Of a total instrument mass budget 7.3 kg, less than 2.3 kg is allocated to the optics assemblies, telescope tubes, support structures and the electron diverters (used to deflect electrons from the focal plane). The instrument science goals require an imaging resolution of 9 arcminutes, with a design goal of 2 arcminutes. Recent experimental data, taken from individual optic elements is presented to show that MCP quality is in good agreement with the error budgets assumed in theoretical calculations of performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 September 2009
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7441, Instruments and Methods for Astrobiology and Planetary Missions XII, 744117 (11 September 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.826083
Show Author Affiliations
A. Martindale, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
J. F. Pearson, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
G. W. Fraser, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
J. D. Carpenter, ESA-ESTEC (Netherlands)
R. Willingale, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
T. Stevenson, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
C. Whitford, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
F. Giannini, ESA-ESTEC (Netherlands)
R. Fairbend, Photonis France S.A.S. (France)
J. Seguy, Photonis France S.A.S. (France)
E. Sclater, Magna Parva Ltd. (United Kingdom)
I. Delgado, Magna Parva Ltd. (United Kingdom)
M. Kaipiainen, Oxford Instruments Analytical Oy (Finland)
S. Nenonen, Oxford Instruments Analytical Oy (Finland)
T. Pilvi, Oxford Instruments Analytical Oy (Finland)
E. Schyns, Photonis France S.A.S. (France)
C. Bulloch, Magna Parva Ltd. (United Kingdom)
C. Sawyers, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
K. Muinonen, Univ. of Helsinki (Finland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7441:
Instruments and Methods for Astrobiology and Planetary Missions XII
Kurt D. Retherford; Richard B. Hoover; Gilbert V. Levin; Alexei Yu. Rozanov, Editor(s)

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