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cosine to present gamma-ray Laue lenses at AHEAD conference

cosine will be participating in the conference “Looking AHEAD to Soft Gamma-ray Astrophysics: Prospects and Challenges,” taking place in Ferrara, Italy from 14 to 16 February 2024. Dr Barrière, Senior Scientist-Engineer at cosine, will present our company’s view and prospects regarding “Focusing Soft Gamma-Rays with Laue Lenses” on Thursday 15 February, at 09:00.

This workshop aims to discuss open science issues in soft gamma-ray astrophysics, along with the technological prospects and challenges. As one of the experts in the development of high-energy optics, cosine’s presence at the conference is more than relevant. cosine is world leading in the development of novel high-energy optics, based on its Silicon Pore Optics (SPO) technology developed in cooperation with the European Space Agency for the Athena mission.

Dr Barrière’s presentation will focus on Laue lenses, which are utilized for focusing very hard X-rays and gamma-rays. In the very high energy regime, one cannot use reflective surfaces to focus soft gamma-rays, as the maximum reflective angle becomes too small. In this case using a Laue lens is the preferred solution. Using Bragg reflection and bent silicon crystals, imaging can be achieved where it is not otherwise possible. Laue lenses can be made using an SPO based technique, where bent and wedged single crystal silicon plates are stacked. Check out more info about our novel high-energy optics technology.

We are looking forward to engaging with industry and academic partners to discuss the future of high-energy astronomy missions and applications.

About cosine
cosine is a leading worldwide company in the development of space instrumentation, such as Silicon Pore Optics for astronomy and remote sensing solutions with onboard analytics. 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. Our company operates 1,000 m2 of cleanrooms and high-tech assembly facilities to build and test the systems we produce for customers at our headquarters in Sassenheim, The Netherlands.

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