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1 National Space Institute, Technical University of Denmark 2 Astrophysics, National Space Institute, Technical University of Denmark 3 European Space Agency 4 Cosine Science and Computing B.V. 5 Micronit Microfluidics B.V. 6 SRON 7 Kayer-Threde GmbH 8 Department of Physics, Technical University of Denmark 9 Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt 10 Max‐Planck Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik 11 National Institute for Astrophysics 12 ADS International 13 BCV-Progetti 14 Media Lario Technologies 15 Tyndall National Institute
Future high energy astrophysics missions will require high performance novel X-ray optics to explore the Universe beyond the limits of the currently operating Chandra and Newton observatories. Innovative optics technologies are therefore being developed and matured by the European Space Agency (ESA) in collaboration with research institutions and industry, enabling leading-edge future science missions. Silicon Pore Optics (SPO) [1 to 21] and Slumped Glass Optics (SGO) [22 to 29] are lightweight high performance X-ray optics technologies being developed in Europe, driven by applications in observatory class high energy astrophysics missions, aiming at angular resolutions of 5” and providing effective areas of one or more square meters at a few keV. This paper reports on the development activities led by ESA, and the status of the SPO and SGO technologies, including progress on high performance multilayer reflective coatings [30 to 35]. In addition, the progress with the X-ray test facilities and associated beam-lines is discussed . © (2013) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.
Proceedings of Spie, the International Society for Optical Engineering, 2013, Vol 8861
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Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy VI, 2013