X-ray monitoring for astrophysical applications

L. Pina, D. Burrows, W. Cash, D. Cerna, P. Gorenstein, R. Hudec, A. Inneman, J. Jakubek, V. Marsikova, L. Sieger, V. Tichy

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This work addresses the issue of X-ray monitoring for astrophysical applications. The proposed wide-field optical system has not been used in space yet. The proposed novel approach is based on the use of 1D "Lobster eye" optics in combination with Timepix X-ray detector in the energy range 3-40 keV. The proposed project includes theoretical study and a functional sample of the Timepix X-ray detector with multifoil wide-field X-ray "Lobster eye" optics. Using optics to focus X-rays on a detector is the only solution in cases the intensity of impinging X-ray radiation is below the sensitivity of the detector, e.g. while monitoring astrophysical objects in space, or phenomena in the Earth's atmosphere. The optical system could be used in a student rocket experiment at University of Colorado. Ideal opportunity is to extend the CubeSat of Pennsylvania State University with the hard X-ray telescope demonstrator consisting of an optical module and Timepix detector.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in X-Ray/EUV Optics and Components IX
EditorsAli M. Khounsary, Shunji Goto, Christian Morawe
ISBN (Electronic)9781628412345
StatePublished - 2014
EventAdvances in X-Ray/EUV Optics and Components IX - San Diego, United States
Duration: Aug 18 2014Aug 20 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


OtherAdvances in X-Ray/EUV Optics and Components IX
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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