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The gamma ray lens — an ESA technology reference study

  • Craig BrownEmail author
  • Nicola Rando
  • Alexander Short
  • Aleksander Lyngvi
  • Tone Peacock

Abstract

The Science Payload and Advanced Concepts Office (SCI-A) of the ESA Science Directorate conducts a number of Technology Reference Studies (TRS) on hypothetical scientific missions that are not part of the approved Science programme. Such TRS activities allow identifying, at an early stage, technology development needs as well as exploring future mission scenarios.

As part of this effort, the Gamma Ray Lens (GRL) mission, a future generation gamma-ray observatory, has been the subject of a preliminary internal investigation. The present paper provides an overview of the science goals assumed for this study, the selection of the reference mission profile, together with a preliminary description of the spacecraft design. The reference payload is also described, as well as the list of technology development activities derived from the study.

Keywords

Silicon Pore Halo Orbit Science Payload Metrology System Optical Metrology 
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© Springer 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Craig Brown
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nicola Rando
    • 1
  • Alexander Short
    • 1
  • Aleksander Lyngvi
    • 1
  • Tone Peacock
    • 1
  1. 1.Science Payload and Advanced Concepts Office, European Space AgencyESTECThe Netherlands

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