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Grazing incidence optics designs for future gamma-ray missions

Christensen, Finn E. and Chakan, James M. and Harrison, Fiona A. and Boggs, Steven E. and Mao, Peter H. and Prince, Tom and Craig, William W. and Hailey, Charles J. and Windt, David L. (2000) Grazing incidence optics designs for future gamma-ray missions. In: X-Ray Optics, Instruments, and Missions III. Proceedings of SPIE. No.4012. Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, pp. 278-283. ISBN 9780819436375.

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Sensitive nuclear line spectroscopy for observations of prompt emission from supernovae, as well as mapping of remnants has been a primary goal of gamma-ray astrophysics since its inception. A number of key lines lie in the energy band from 10 - 600 keV. In this region of the spectrum, observations have to-date been limited by high background and poor angular resolution. In this paper, we present several designs capable of extending the sensitivity of grazing incidence optics into this energy range. In particular, we discuss a 15 m focal length design for NASA's High-Sensitivity Spectroscopic Imaging Mission concept, as well as a 50 m focal length design which can extend ESA's XEUS mission into this band. We demonstrate that an unprecedented line sensitivity of 10^(-7) cm^(-2) s^(-1) can be achieved for the most important lines in this energy band.

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Christensen, Finn E.0000-0001-5679-1946
Harrison, Fiona A.0000-0003-2992-8024
Boggs, Steven E.0000-0001-9567-4224
Prince, Tom0000-0002-8850-3627
Additional Information:© 2000 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE).
Group:Space Radiation Laboratory
Subject Keywords:Hard X-ray/Gamma-ray optics, Multilayers, High Energy Astrophysics
Series Name:Proceedings of SPIE
Issue or Number:4012
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20180731-114052512
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Official Citation:Finn Erland Christensen, James M. Chakan, Fiona A. Harrison, Steven E. Boggs, Peter H. Mao, Thomas A. Prince, William W. Craig, Charles J. Hailey, David L. Windt, "Grazing incidence optics designs for future gamma-ray missions", Proc. SPIE 4012, X-Ray Optics, Instruments, and Missions III, (18 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.391563;
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ID Code:88381
Deposited By: George Porter
Deposited On:31 Jul 2018 20:30
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