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Recent advances and low cost concept for the gamma-ray lens project MAX

  • Xavier Leyre
  • Michel Sghedoni
  • Francis Arbusti
  • Primo Attina
  • Peter von Ballmoos

Abstract

Until recently, focusing of gamma-radiation was regarded as an impracticable task. Today, gamma-ray lenses have become feasible and present promising perspectives for future instrumentation. For the first time in high energy astronomy the signal/noise ratio will be dramatically improved as gamma-rays are collected on the large area of a lens from where they are focused onto a small detector. Besides an unprecedented sensitivity, MAX will feature very high angular and energy resolution. The conjunction of this new technique of Gamma Ray focusing and the new possibilities brought by the developping formation flying technology will allow a great step for Gamma Astronomy. This paper will describe after a short recall of the scientific objectives of MAX, the design of the MAX formation flying concept and the associated main design drivers and constraint.

Keywords

Gamma ray Formation flying Lagrange point L2 Metrology 

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© Springer 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Xavier Leyre
    • 1
  • Michel Sghedoni
    • 1
  • Francis Arbusti
    • 1
  • Primo Attina
    • 2
  • Peter von Ballmoos
    • 3
  1. 1.Alcatel Alenia Space CannesCannesFrance
  2. 2.Alcatel Alenia Space TorinoTorinoItaly
  3. 3.CESR — Centre d’Etude Spatiale des RayonnementsToulouse Cedex 4France

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