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29 July 2010 ESA optics technology preparation for IXO
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The International X-ray Observatory (IXO) is a candidate mission in the ESA Space Science Programme Cosmic Visions 1525. IXO is being studied as a joint mission with NASA and JAXA. The mission is building on novel optics technologies to achieve the required performance for this demanding astrophysics observatory. The European X-ray optics technology baseline is the Silicon Pore optics (SPO), which is being developed by an industrial consortium. In a phased approach the performance, environmental compatibility and industrial production aspects are being addressed. As a back-up technology ESA is also investigating slumped glass optics, which forms the baseline for the NASA approach. The paper presents a summary of the ESA led optics technology preparation activities and the associated roadmap.
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M. Bavdaz, E. Wille, K. Wallace, B. Guldimann, D. Lumb, D. Martin, and N. Rando "ESA optics technology preparation for IXO", Proc. SPIE 7732, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 77321E (29 July 2010);


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