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IXO mirror module prototype with silicon pore optics

IXO mirror module prototype with silicon pore optics

Date: 25 June 2009
Satellite: IXO
Copyright: ESA/cosine/MPE/KT/SRON/Micronit

This is an early prototype mirror module, built in 2007, for the International X-ray Observatory (IXO).

Silicon wafers, which have been diced into plates, ribbed and wedged are stacked into a high performance pore optics (HPO) unit using a fully automated stacking robot. Two such HPO are aligned to arc second accuracy using pencil beam X-rays and are joined by mounting brackets forming a mirror module in Wolter-I configuration. For this prototype the brackets were made of aluminium; more recent demonstration models have CeSiC brackets.

Note the high reflectivity of the surface of the silicon plates, made from standard commercially available 12" wafers with a roughness better than 0.4 nm rms.

IXO was an L-class candidate mission in ESA's Cosmic Vision programme that was studied between 2007 and 2011.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
21-Jun-2024 05:37 UT

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