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Design of gamma-ray optics for nuclear astrophysics

Design of gamma-ray optics for nuclear astrophysics

Publication date: 22 June 2004

Authors: E.J. Buis et al.

Journal: Proceedings of SPIE
Volume: 5488
Issue: UV and Gamma-Ray Space Telescope Systems
Page: 691-699

If sensitive enough, future missions for nuclear astrophysics will be a great help in the understanding of supernovae explosions. In comparison to coded-mask instruments, both crystal diffraction lenses and grazing angle mirrors offer a possibility to construct a more sensitive instrument to detect gamma-ray lines in supernovae. We report on possible implementations of grazing angle mirrors and simulations carried out to determine the performance. In this study we differentiate between single and multilayer mirrors. Moreover we discuss the possibilities of double reflection implementations.

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