8-13 September 2019
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VERT-X: a new calibration facility for the ATHENA mirror assembly.

13 Sep 2019, 20:14


Alberto Moretti (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF))


Calibration of the ATHENA telescope is a critical aspect of the project and raises significant difficulties due to the unprecedented size, mass and focal length of the mirror assembly. The VERT-X project, financed by ESA and started in January 2019 by a Consortium led by INAF and which includes EIE, Media Lario Technologies, GPAP, and BCV Progetti, aims to design an innovative calibration facility. The VERT-X concept is based on a beam expanded and paralleled by means of an inverted X-ray collimator which covers the entire ATHENA optics through a raster-scan mechanism put at short distance. This machinery allows a vertical and compact design with significant benefits with respect to traditional long-tube traditional facilities.

Affiliation INAF (Italian National Institute for Astrophysics )
Topic Future missions

Primary authors

Alberto Moretti (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)) Giovanni Pareschi (INAF OAB) Michela Uslenghi (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)) Nicola La Palombara (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)) Bianca Salmaso (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)) Dr Giorgia Sironi (INAF Brera) Stefano Basso (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)) Gianpiero Tagliaferri (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)) Mauro Fiorini (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)) Daniele Spiga

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