NANOX - Proposed nano-satellite X-ray mission

Vladimír Tich́y, Vojtěch Šimon, René Hudec, Adolf Inneman, David Nelson Burrows

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Abstract

We present the idea of a low-cost satellite providing permanent monitoring of X-ray binaries. These systems contain a compact object (a neutron star or a black hole) accreting matter from a donor companion. They concentrate in the vicinity of the Galactic plane and toward the center of the Galaxy. It therefore appears very advantageous to point the telescope toward the Galactic center. The strong activity of X-ray binaries with non-predictable episodes of brightening suggests that we can obtain meaningful and physically important information even by a study using a small, inexpensive satellite. The proposed spacecraft can be of the nano-satellite class. We propose Schmidt lobster optics for this satellite. The results of experimental tests of the specimen of such optics show that the mission is feasible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDamage to VUV, EUV, and X-Ray Optics IV; and EUV and X-Ray Optics
Subtitle of host publicationSynergy Between Laboratory and Space III
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2013
EventDamage to VUV, EUV, and X-Ray Optics IV; and EUV and X-Ray Optics: Synergy Between Laboratory and Space III - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: Apr 15 2013Apr 18 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume8777
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X

Other

OtherDamage to VUV, EUV, and X-Ray Optics IV; and EUV and X-Ray Optics: Synergy Between Laboratory and Space III
CountryCzech Republic
CityPrague
Period4/15/134/18/13

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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    Tich́y, V., Šimon, V., Hudec, R., Inneman, A., & Burrows, D. N. (2013). NANOX - Proposed nano-satellite X-ray mission. In Damage to VUV, EUV, and X-Ray Optics IV; and EUV and X-Ray Optics: Synergy Between Laboratory and Space III [877711] (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 8777). https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2017612