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Evaluating the projected performance of Wolter-I x-ray telescope designs for SmallSats
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Paper Abstract

We are developing Wolter-I X-ray optics for use in SmallSat missions. These optics are being designed for telescope focal lengths on the order of 0.5 - 1 m, much shorter than typical Astrophysics missions. The various parameters of the optics module: diameter, length, number nested shells, coatings, etc., depend partly on the spacecraft bus but the final design is driven by the science and instrument requirements of the mission (effective area, resolution, and energy band of interest). Ray trace software was developed and used to project the performance of several optics configurations, which, designed for SmallSat missions, meet the instrument requirements for the SmallSat Exosphere Explorer of hot Jupiters (SEEJ) . Results of this modeling is presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 September 2019
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 11119, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy IX, 111191Q (11 September 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2531526
Show Author Affiliations
L. Sethares, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
V. Cotroneo, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
J. Hong, Harvard Univ. (United States)
V. Kashyap, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
S. Romaine, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11119:
Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy IX
Stephen L. O'Dell; Giovanni Pareschi, Editor(s)

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