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The eROSITA X-ray mirrors: technology and qualification aspects of the production of mandrels, shells and mirror modules
Author(s): L. Arcangeli; G. Borghi; H. Bräuninger; O. Citterio; I. Ferrario; P. Friedrich; G. Grisoni; F. Marioni; P. Predehl; M. Rossi; A. Ritucci; G. Valsecchi; D. Vernani

Paper Abstract

The name “eROSITA” stands for extended Roentgen Survey with an Imaging Telescope Array. The general design of the eROSITA X-ray telescope is derived from that of ABRIXAS. A bundle of 7 mirror modules with short focal lengths make up a compact telescope which is ideal for survey observations. Similar designs had been proposed for the missions DUO and ROSITA but were not realized due to programmatic shortfall. Compared to those, however, the effective area in the soft X-ray band has now much increased by adding 27 additional outer mirror shells to the original 27 ones of each mirror module. The requirement on the on-axis resolution has also been confined, namely to 15 arc seconds HEW. For these reasons the prefix “extended” was added to the original name “ROSITA”. The scientific motivation for this extension is founded in the ambitious goal to detect about 100,000 clusters of galaxies which trace the large scale structure of the Universe in space and time.

The X-ray telescope of eROSITA will consist of 7 identical and co-aligned mirror modules, each with 54 nested Wolter-1 mirror shells. The mirror shells are glued onto a spider wheel which is screwed to the mirror interface structure making a rigid mechanical unit. The assembly of 7 modules forms a compact hexagonal configuration with 1300 mm diameter (see Fig. 1) and will be attached to the telescope structure which connects to the 7 separate CCD cameras in the focal planes. The co-alignment of the mirror module enables eROSITA to perform also pointed observations.

The replication process described in chapter III allows the manufacturing in one single piece and at the same time of both the parabola and hyperbola parts of the Wolter 1 mirror.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 January 2018
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10565, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2010, 1056558 (11 January 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2309182
Show Author Affiliations
L. Arcangeli, Media Lario Technologies (Italy)
G. Borghi, Media Lario Technologies (Italy)
H. Bräuninger, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
O. Citterio, Media Lario Technologies (Italy)
I. Ferrario, Media Lario Technologies (Italy)
P. Friedrich, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
G. Grisoni, Media Lario Technologies (Italy)
F. Marioni, Media Lario Technologies (Italy)
P. Predehl, Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
M. Rossi, Media Lario Technologies (Italy)
A. Ritucci, Media Lario Technologies (Italy)
G. Valsecchi, Media Lario Technologies (Italy)
D. Vernani, Media Lario Technologies (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10565:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2010
Errico Armandillo; Bruno Cugny; Nikos Karafolas, Editor(s)

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