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cosine at the 20th Meeting of the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the AAS

cosine will be present at the 20th Meeting of the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical Society, on 26-30 March 2023 in Hawaii, USA. Dr Laurens Keek will present about Silicon Pore Optics (SPO) applications, showcasing the versatility of this high-energy optics technology.

This meeting is held by the American Astronomical Society (AAS), North America’s major organization of professional astronomers. It will serve as a platform to enhance and share humanity’s scientific understanding of the universe as a diverse and inclusive astronomical community.

cosine is producing Silicon Pore Optics (SPO), a revolutionary type of lightweight X-ray lens, for the European Space Agency for its future large telescope Athena. The SPO mirror modules are building blocks for Athena’s modular telescope, enabling the realization of the largest X-ray optic flown to date, with about 300 m2 of polished mirror area. SPO is also proposed for other X-ray telescopes such as ARCUS and the technology is used for OGRE, an Off-Plane Grating Rocket Experiment. Other applications involve focussing gamma-rays and enabling future interferometric X-ray telescopes.

About cosine and SPO

cosine is a leading worldwide company in the development of space instrumentation, such as Silicon Pore Optics and remote sensing solutions with onboard processing. We combine physics and technology to bring out-of-the-box solutions to our clients. We have been developing and delivering innovative measurement systems for space and industrial applications since 1998.

Silicon Pore Optics is a revolutionary technology invented by cosine in cooperation with ESA. It involves the bonding and stacking of many silicon wafers, creating a novel type of lightweight X-ray lens. cosine’s High Energy Optics business unit is internationally known for the development and application of X-ray optics and systems. It combines and applies knowledge about semiconductor processes, silicon, glass, and mass production to develop and produce lightweight, high-resolution X-ray optics. Those find applications ranging from space-based astrophysical telescopes to medical, semiconductor, and material analysis systems used by industry and academia.

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