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High-energy astrophysics at the diffraction limit
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Paper Abstract

We discuss various astrophysical science drivers for upcoming high-resolution X-ray instruments on the mas scale. Even more than current missions like Chandra and XMM-Newton, planned diffraction-limited telescopes would provide unprecedented insights into hottest-ever physical processes in the universe. We apply an efficient and simple Fresnel lens design to samples of well-known targets like stellar coronae, X-ray binaries, AGN, ultraluminous X-ray sources and supernova remnants. The cosmological impact of deep observations is discussed as well as potential applications to low-mass gravitational lenses.

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Date Published: 29 July 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7732, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 77322O (29 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.856460
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Christoph Braig, Friedrich-Schiller-Univ. Jena (Germany)
Peter Predehl, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7732:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Monique Arnaud; Stephen S. Murray; Tadayuki Takahashi, Editor(s)

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