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The ATHENA telescope and optics status

: Bavdaz, Marcos; Wille, Eric; Ayre, Mark; Ferreira, Ivo; Shortt, Brian; Fransen, Sebastiaan H.J.A.; Collon, Maximilien J.; Vacanti, Giuseppe; Barrière, Nicolas M.; Landgraf, Boris; Haneveld, Jeroen; Baren, Coen V. van; Zuknik, Karl Heinz; Della Monica Ferreira, Desireé; Massahi, Sonny; Christensen, Finn E.; Krumrey, Michael K.; Burwitz, Vadim; Pareschi, Giovanni; Spiga, Daniele; Valsecchi, Giuseppe; Vernani, Dervis; Oliver, Paul; Seidel, André


O'Dell, Stephen L. (Hrsg.) ; Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers -SPIE-, Bellingham/Wash.:
Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy VIII : 8-10 August 2017, San Diego, California, United States
Bellingham, WA: SPIE, 2017 (Proceedings of SPIE 10399)
ISBN: 978-1-5106-1255-6
Paper 103990B
Conference "Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy" <8, 2017, San Diego/Calif.>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IWS ()
ATHENA; silicon pore optic; technology preparation; x-ray astronomy; x-ray optics; x-ray telescope; x-ray testing

The work on the definition and technological preparation of the ATHENA (Advanced Telescope for High ENergy Astrophysics) mission continues to progress. In parallel to the study of the accommodation of the telescope, many aspects of the X-ray optics are being evolved further. The optics technology chosen for ATHENA is the Silicon Pore Optics (SPO), which hinges on technology spin-in from the semiconductor industry, and uses a modular approach to produce large effective area lightweight telescope optics with a good angular resolution. Both system studies and the technology developments are guided by ESA and implemented in industry, with participation of institutional partners. In this paper an overview of the current status of the telescope optics accommodation and technology development activities is provided.