Detailed simulation of a Lobster-eye telescope Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • The concept of an x-ray telescope based on the optics of the eye of certain types of crustacea has been in currency for nearly thirty years. However, it is only in the last decade that the technology to make the telescope and the opportunity to mount it on a suitable space platform have combined to allow the idea to become a reality. Accordingly, we have undertaken a detailed simulation study, updating previous simplified models, to properly characterise the performance of the instrument in orbit. The study reveals details of how the particular characteristics of the lobster-eye optics affect the sensitivity of the instrument and allow us to implement new ideas in data extraction methods.

publication date

  • August 3, 2009