ISAS Space Science Colloquium & Space Science Seminar
Athena and its Optics / Status of the Silicon Pore Optics
"Athena and its Optics"
ESA's second large class Science mission Athena is being designed and its technologies prepared. Athena is a large space based X-ray observatory to study the structure and history of the Universe. This mission is enabled by the innovative Silicon Pore Optics technology, which is light enough and provides the required angular resolution demanded by the science goals of Athena. Two ambitious focal plane instruments are being developed: a wide-field imager and a high resolution cryogenic imaging spectrometer. The talk will report on the current status of the Athena mission design and the associated technology developments led by ESA. Particular emphasis will be given to the X-ray optics and its accommodation on the spacecraft.
"Status of the Silicon Pore Optics"
The Silicon Pore Optics (SPO) technology has been developed by ESA and its industrial and institutional partners with the specific target of enabling the Athena mission. The SPO relies on the spin-in of technology from the semiconductor industry, and takes a holistic approach to developing the X-ray optics technology required for Athena. Next to the challenging imaging performance requirements and mass constraints also the programmatic envelope, including schedule and cost constraints, must be respected. In the talk details on the SPO technology developments will be presented, and results will be reported, including those from the characterisation of the optics in X-ray facilities.
Place: 2F Conf. room（1236） / 研究管理棟２階会議場（1236号室）