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Optics developments for ATHENA

: 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; Start, Ronald; Baren, Coen V. van; Ferreira, Desiree Della Monica; Massahi, Sonny; Christensen, Finn E.; Krumrey, Michael K.; Burwitz, Vadim; Pareschi, Giovanni; Valsecchi, Giuseppe; Oliver, Paul; Seidel, André; Korhonen, Tapio


O'Dell, Stephen L. (Ed.) ; Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers -SPIE-, Bellingham/Wash.:
Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy IX : 13-15 August 2019, San Diego, California, United States
Bellingham, WA: SPIE, 2019 (Proceedings of SPIE 11119)
ISBN: 978-1-5106-2931-8
ISBN: 978-1-5106-2932-5
Paper 111190D, 12 pp.
Conference "Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy" <9, 2019, San Diego/Calif.>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IWS ()
x-ray optics; silicon; high energy astrophysics; manufacturing; Materials Processing; Robotic Systems; semiconductors

Mission studies and technology preparation for the ATHENA (Advanced Telescope for High ENergy Astrophysics) [1- 5] mission are continuing to progress. The X-ray optics of this future space observatory are based on the Silicon Pore Optics (SPO) technology [6-58], and is being evolved in a joint effort by industry, research institutions and ESA. The SPO technology benefits from substantial investments made by the semiconductor industry, and spins-in materials, processes and equipment into the development of novel X-ray optics. A comprehensive Technology Development Plan (TDP) is being implemented, funded by ESA and involving a large number of experts in key areas ranging from micro machining of Silicon, over sophisticated automation and robotic systems, to hybrid manufacturing. The performance, environmental compatibility and serial automated production and testing are being addressed in parallel, aiming at the demonstration of the required technology readiness for the ATHENA Mission Adoption Review (MAR) expected by the end of 2021. A formal Technology Readiness Assessment is in place and is being currently exercised in preparation of the ATHENA Mission Formulation review (MFR). The programmatics for the flight model implementation is being defined in detail, and preparations are starting for the design and implementation of the necessary facilities. An overview of the ATHENA optics technology preparation, the technology readiness assessment and the related activities is provided.