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29 July 2010 High-energy astrophysics at the diffraction limit
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We discuss various astrophysical science drivers for upcoming high-resolution X-ray instruments on the mas scale. Even more than current missions like Chandra and XMM-Newton, planned diffraction-limited telescopes would provide unprecedented insights into hottest-ever physical processes in the universe. We apply an efficient and simple Fresnel lens design to samples of well-known targets like stellar coronae, X-ray binaries, AGN, ultraluminous X-ray sources and supernova remnants. The cosmological impact of deep observations is discussed as well as potential applications to low-mass gravitational lenses.
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Christoph Braig and Peter Predehl "High-energy astrophysics at the diffraction limit", Proc. SPIE 7732, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 77322O (29 July 2010); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.856460
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