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The Extreme Physics Explorer and large area micro-channel plate optics
Author(s): Michael Garcia; Martin Elvis; Jon Chappell; Laura Brenneman; Daniel Patnaude; Ian Evans; Ricardo Bruni; Suzanne Romaine; Eric Silver; Richard Willingale; George Fraser; T. J. Turner; Brian Ramsey
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Paper Abstract

The Extreme Physics Explorer (EPE) is a concept timing/spectroscopy mission that would use micro-channel plate optics (MCPO) to provide 4m2 effective area focused to ~1 arc-min onto an X-ray calorimeter. We describe science drivers for such a mission, possible designs for the large area MCPO needed for EPE, and the challenges of the large area MCPO design.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 October 2011
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8147, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy V, 81471N (7 October 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.894261
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Michael Garcia, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Martin Elvis, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Jon Chappell, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Laura Brenneman, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Daniel Patnaude, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Ian Evans, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Ricardo Bruni, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Suzanne Romaine, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Eric Silver, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Richard Willingale, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
George Fraser, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
T. J. Turner, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County (United States)
Brian Ramsey, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8147:
Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy V
Stephen L. O'Dell; Giovanni Pareschi, Editor(s)

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