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Current developments and tests of small x-ray optical systems for space applications
Author(s): L. Pina; R. Hudec; A. Inneman; D. Doubravová; V. Marsikova
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Paper Abstract

The paper addresses the X-ray monitoring for astrophysical applications. A novel approach based on the use of 1D and 2D "Lobster eye" optics in combination with Timepix X-ray detector in the energy range 3 - 40 keV was further studied. Wide-field optical system of this type has not been used in space yet. Designed wide-field optical system combined with Timepix X-ray detector is described together with latest experimental results obtained during laboratory tests. Proposed project includes theoretical study and a functional sample of the Timepix X-ray detector with multifoil wide-field X-ray "Lobster eye" optics. Using optics to focus X-rays on a detector is the only solution in cases where intensity of impinging X-ray radiation is below the sensitivity of the detector, e.g. while monitoring astrophysical objects in space, or phenomena in the Earth's atmosphere. The optical system is considered to be used in a student rocket experiment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 May 2017
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 10235, EUV and X-ray Optics: Synergy between Laboratory and Space V, 1023508 (31 May 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2271173
Show Author Affiliations
L. Pina, Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)
R. Hudec, Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)
Rigaku Innovative Technologies Europe (Czech Republic)
A. Inneman, Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)
Rigaku Innovative Technologies Europe (Czech Republic)
D. Doubravová, Rigaku Innovative Technologies Europe (Czech Republic)
V. Marsikova, Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)
Rigaku Innovative Technologies Europe (Czech Republic)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10235:
EUV and X-ray Optics: Synergy between Laboratory and Space V
René Hudec; Ladislav Pina, Editor(s)

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