Preliminary model of the ATHENA telescope

The ATHENA Project

February 3, 2020 / Matthias Langer

Research on micro-meteorites: Involvement of the Institute of Space Systems in the ESA project ATHENA
[Picture: ESA Concurrent Design Facility, ESTEC]

ATHENA (Advanced Telescope for High-ENergy Astrophysics) is a next-generation X-ray telescope selected by ESA within its Cosmic Vision L2 program. It will provide advanced X-ray imaging and spectroscopy of the hot, million-degree Universe.

The telescope is a Wolter X-ray telescope with a focal length around 12 m based on Silicon Pore Optics (SPO). Special issues for the ATHENA telescope are the possible scattering of micro-meteoroids through the mirror shells, the creation of scratches on the mirrors and possible damages to the large X-ray detector in the focal plane. The Institute for Space Systems with project lead PD Dr. Ing Ralf Srama leads a study investigating the scattering effects of micrometeoroids in the ATHENA mirror system. This study is a collaboration with partners in Germany, the United States and the Netherlands.

Preliminary model of the ATHENA telescope
Preliminary model of the ATHENA telescope


This image shows Ralf Srama

Ralf Srama

Priv.-Lecturer Dr.-Ing.

Lecturer in space physics

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