Development of the ATHENA mirror

  title={Development of the ATHENA mirror},
  author={Marcos Bavdaz and Eric Wille and Mark Ayre and Ivo Ferreira and Brian J. Shortt and Sebastiaan Fransen and Maximilien Collon and Giuseppe Vacanti and Nicolas M. Barri{\`e}re and Boris Landgraf and Jessica Sforzini and Karin Booysen and Coen van Baren and Karl-Heinz Zuknik and Desirėe Della Monica Ferreira and Sonny Massahi and F. E. Christensen and Michael Krumrey and Peter M{\"u}ller and Vadim Burwitz and Giovanni Pareschi and Daniele Spiga and Giuseppe Valsecchi and Dervis Vernani and Paul Oliver and Andr{\'e} Seidel},
  booktitle={Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation},
The development of the X-ray optics for ATHENA (Advanced Telescope for High ENergy Astrophysics)[1-4], the selected second large class mission in the ESA Science Programme, is progressing further, in parallel with the payload preparation and the system level studies. The optics technology is based on the Silicon Pore Optics (SPO) [5-48], which utilises the excellent material properties of Silicon and benefits from the extensive investments made in the semiconductor industry. With its pore… Expand
Optics developments for ATHENA
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 spaceExpand
ATHENA Telescope: alignment and integration of SPO mirror modules
ATHENA (Advanced Telescope for High-ENergy Astrophysics) is the next high-energy astrophysical mission of the European Space Agency currently planned to be launched in the early 2030s, as part of itsExpand
A vertical facility based on raster scan configuration for the x-ray scientific calibrations of the ATHENA optics
This talk will discuss a completely different concept, based on the mount of the optics in vertical position and the use of a raster scan of the ATHENA optics with a small (a few cm2 wide) highly collimated white beam X-ray, that will allow us to operate a much compact system. Expand
X-ray testing at PANTER of optics for the ATHENA and Arcus Missions
Currently for the European Space Agency (ESA) ATHENA [1,2] mission Silicon Pore Optic (SPO) [3-8] Mirror Modules (MM) with a focal length of f = 12 m, are being developed and tested. The SPO MMs areExpand
ATHENA reference telescope design and recent mission level consolidation
The ATHENA (Advanced Telescope for High ENergy Astrophysics) mission is steadily progressing both in terms of system studies and technology developments. The mission is currently in Phase B1 and isExpand
AHEAD joint research activity on x-ray optics
The progress of X-ray Optics joint research activity of the European Union Horizon 2020 AHEAD project is presented here covering the X-ray optic technologies that are currently being worked on inExpand
Integration of the ATHENA mirror modules: development status of the indirect and direct x-ray methods
Within the ATHENA optics technology plan, activities are on-going for demonstrating the feasibility of the mirror module integration and this work reports on the status of one of the two parallel activities initiated by ESA to address this demanding task. Expand
The performance of the ATHENA X-ray Integral Field Unit
The X-ray Integral Field Unit (X-IFU) is a next generation microcalorimeter planned for launch onboard the Athena observatory. Operating a matrix of 3840 superconducting Transition Edge Sensors at 90Expand
Measuring the atomic scattering factors near the iridium L-edges for the Athena silicon pore optics reflector
Abstract. Athena, a future high-energy mission, is expected to consist of a large aperture x-ray mirror with a focal length of 12 m. The mirror surface is to be coated with iridium and a low ZExpand
Opening the low-background and high-spectral-resolution domain with the ATHENA large X-ray observatory: Development of the Cryogenic AntiCoincidence Detector for the X-ray Integral Field Unit
ATHENA is a large-class ESA mission selected for launch in 2031. It is designed to address the science theme "The Hot and Energetic Universe", performing X-ray observations (0.2-12 keV) at the L2Expand


The ATHENA telescope and optics status
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 accommodationExpand
The Athena optics
The Advanced Telescope for High ENergy Astrophysics (Athena) was selected in 2014 as the second large class mission (L2) of the ESA Cosmic Vision Science Programme within the Directorate of ScienceExpand
Industrialization of the mirror plate coatings for the ATHENA mission
In the frame of the development of the Advanced Telescope for High-ENergy Astrophysics (Athena) mission, currently in phase A, ESA is continuing to mature the optics technology and the associatedExpand
Making the ATHENA optics using silicon pore optics
Silicon Pore Optics, after 10 years of development, forms now the basis for future large (L) class astrophysics Xray observatories, such as the ATHENA mission to study the hot and energetic universe,Expand
Silicon pore optics developments and status
Silicon Pore Optics (SPO) is a lightweight high performance X-ray optics technology being developed in Europe, driven by applications in observatory class high energy astrophysics missions. AnExpand
Silicon pore optics for the ATHENA telescope
Silicon Pore Optics is a high-energy optics technology, invented to enable the next generation of high-resolution, large area X-ray telescopes such as the ATHENA observatory, a European large (L)Expand
Environmental testing of the ATHENA mirror modules (Conference Presentation)
The European Space Agency is studying the ATHENA X-ray telescope, the second L-class mission in their Cosmic Vision 2015 – 2025 program with a launch spot in 2028, and the newly developed high-performance, light-weight and modular Silicon Pore Optics (SPO) technology is used. Expand
Preparing the optics technology to observe the hot universe
With the selection of “The hot and energetic Universe” as science theme for ESA's second large class mission (L2) in the Cosmic Vision programme, work is focusing on the technology preparation for anExpand
The ATHENA optics development
ATHENA (Advanced Telescope for High ENergy Astrophysics) is being studied by the European Space Agency (ESA) as the second large science mission, with a launch slot in 2028. System studies andExpand
Optical integration of SPO mirror modules in the ATHENA telescope
ATHENA (Advanced Telescope for High-ENergy Astrophysics) is the next high-energy astrophysical mission selected by the European Space Agency for launch in 2028. The X-ray telescope consists of 1062Expand