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ESA optics technology preparation for IXO
Author(s): M. Bavdaz; E. Wille; K. Wallace; B. Guldimann; D. Lumb; D. Martin; N. Rando
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Paper Abstract

The International X-ray Observatory (IXO) is a candidate mission in the ESA Space Science Programme Cosmic Visions 1525. IXO is being studied as a joint mission with NASA and JAXA. The mission is building on novel optics technologies to achieve the required performance for this demanding astrophysics observatory. The European X-ray optics technology baseline is the Silicon Pore optics (SPO), which is being developed by an industrial consortium. In a phased approach the performance, environmental compatibility and industrial production aspects are being addressed. As a back-up technology ESA is also investigating slumped glass optics, which forms the baseline for the NASA approach. The paper presents a summary of the ESA led optics technology preparation activities and the associated roadmap.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 July 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7732, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 77321E (29 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.858126
Show Author Affiliations
M. Bavdaz, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
E. Wille, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
K. Wallace, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
B. Guldimann, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
D. Lumb, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
D. Martin, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
N. Rando, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7732:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Monique Arnaud; Stephen S. Murray; Tadayuki Takahashi, Editor(s)

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