San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, California, United States
11 - 15 August 2019
Conference OP323
Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy IX
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Abstract Due:
30 January 2019

Author Notification:
8 April 2019

Manuscript Due Date:
17 July 2019

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Currently operating x-ray observatories, Chandra, XMM-Newton, Swift, NuSTAR, and Hinode, demonstrate the importance of imaging optics to x-ray astronomy. Other missions using focusing x-ray optics have recently launched (e.g., ASTROSAT) or are about to launch (e.g., Spectrum-Röntgen-Gamma). Other missions (e.g., IXPE, XRISM, and Einstein-Probe) are being implemented, while future x-ray mission concepts are being studied.

Facility-class x-ray observatories will rely upon large-area precision optics to achieve the sensitivity and angular resolution required to build upon the successes of Chandra and of XMM-Newton. NASA, ESA, JAXA, and other agencies continue research toward developing technologies for lightweight, large-area, precision, x-ray mirror and grating systems. Indeed, ESA has selected ATHENA (1.4 m2 effective area and 5 arcsecond angular resolution), an x-ray mission enabled by development of innovative x-ray optics, as the second large-class mission in its Science Program. Meanwhile, NASA is studying the Lynx X-Ray Surveyor, based upon a telescope with an angular resolution comparable to that of Chandra (≈ 0.5 arcsecond) and collecting area 20 times greater. Such missions will revolutionize our understanding of the physics of astronomical systems and enable frontier science from first accretion light in the Universe to solar-system objects.

Together with research into more futuristic topics, including diffractive or interferometric optics and active optics, significant progress continues to be made worldwide toward meeting the future needs of EUV, x-ray, and gamma-ray astronomy.

This conference provides a forum for discussion of recent progress in imaging and spectroscopic optics for EUV, x-ray, and gamma-ray astronomy. Conference sessions will cover all relevant areas of optical science and technology, including the following:
  • performance of EUV, x-ray, and gamma-ray optical systems
  • development of lightweight, precision and high-throughput grazing-incidence mirrors
  • development of lightweight, precision grating systems for dispersive spectroscopy
  • material selection, formulation, deposition, and characterization of multilayers
  • uses of multilayers for normal- and grazing-incidence mirrors, filters, polarimetry, and synthetic crystals
  • applications of Lobster-Eye, Kirkpatrick-Baez, microchannel-plate, pore, and capillary optics
  • theoretical and experimental analysis of surface properties and contamination of mirrors
  • approaches and analyses for addressing system-level optical performance—pre-collimators, baffles, filters, contamination, etc.
  • concepts, designs, and experiments in wide-field imaging
  • concepts, designs, and experiments in high-resolution refractive/diffractive imaging
  • concepts, designs, and experiments in diffractive (Bragg or Laue) concentration and imaging
  • concepts, designs, and experiments in interferometric imaging
  • concepts, designs, and experiments in active and adjustable x-ray optics
  • design, fabrication, metrology, alignment, assembly, and testing of imaging optical systems
  • design, fabrication, metrology, alignment, assembly, and testing of spectroscopic optical systems
  • design, fabrication, and testing of coded aperture masks for high-energy imaging
  • design, fabrication, and testing of (visible-light) Cherenkov telescope arrays for high-energy gamma-ray astrophysics
  • historical aspects and outreach related to astronomical x-ray optics
  • cross-fertilization of x-ray-optics technologies amongst astronomy and other fields.
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