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Silicon pore optics developments and status
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Paper Abstract

Silicon Pore Optics (SPO) is a lightweight high performance X-ray optics technology being developed in Europe, driven by applications in observatory class high energy astrophysics missions. An example of such application is the former ESA science mission candidate ATHENA (Advanced Telescope for High Energy Astrophysics), which uses the SPO technology for its two telescopes, in order to provide an effective area exceeding 1 m2 at 1 keV, and 0.5 m2 at 6 keV, featuring an angular resolution of 10” or better [1 to 24].

This paper reports on the development activities led by ESA, and the status of the SPO technology. The technology development programme has succeeded in maturing the SPO further and achieving important milestones, in each of the main activity streams: environmental compatibility, industrial production and optical performance. In order to accurately characterise the increasing performance of this innovative optical technology, the associated X-ray test facilities and beam-lines have been refined and upgraded.


Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 2012
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8443, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 844329 (17 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926111
Show Author Affiliations
Marcos Bavdaz, ESA-ESTEC (Netherlands)
Eric Wille, ESA-ESTEC (Netherlands)
Kotska Wallace, ESA-ESTEC (Netherlands)
Brian Shortt, ESA-ESTEC (Netherlands)
Maximilien Collon, cosine Research B.V. (Netherlands)
Marcelo Ackermann, cosine Research B.V. (Netherlands)
Mark Olde Riekerink, Micronit Microfluidics B.V. (Netherlands)
Jeroen Haneveld, Micronit Microfluidics B.V. (Netherlands)
Coen van Baren, SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research (Netherlands)
Markus Erhard, Kayser-Threde GmbH (Germany)
Finn Christensen, DTU Space (Denmark)
Michael Krumrey, Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (Germany)
Vadim Burwitz, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8443:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Tadayuki Takahashi; Stephen S. Murray; Jan-Willem A. den Herder, Editor(s)

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