Optics Working Group

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Lynx Optics Working Group

The goal of the Optics Working Group (OWG) is to assist the STDT in demonstrating that a credible and feasible path exists to fabricate an X-ray telescope to support the Lynx mission. In order for the mission to be capable of realizing the science envisioned by the STDT, the STDT seeks assistance from the X-ray optics community—including experts from academia, industry and research institutions, in identifying potential approaches for creating the X-ray mirrors and all related technologies (e.g., alignment and mounting techniques, thermal controls and metrology) required to assemble individual optical components into a large-area, satellite-borne X-ray telescope. For further details, please read the full Optics Working Group Charter.

Optics Working Group Co-Chairs:
 Mark Schattenburg
Community Co-Chair
MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research
 Lester Cohen
Study Office Co-Chair
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Optics Working Group Members:
 Ryan AlluredSmithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
 Carolyn AtkinsSTFC UK Astronomy Technology Centre
 Stefano BassoINAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera
 Wayne BaumgartnerNASA MSFC
 Stephen BongiornoNASA MSFC
 Jay BookbinderNASA ARC
 David BroadwayNASA MSFC
 Brandon ChalifouxMIT
 Kai-Wing ChanNASA/GSFC & UMBC
 Marta Maria CivitaniINAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera
 Daniele CoccoSLAC national accelerator laboratory
 Vincenzo CotroneoHarvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
 Jackie DavisNASA MSFC
 Casey DeRooHarvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
 Manel ErrandoWashington University
 Daniel EvansNASA Headquarters
 Abe FalconePennsylvania State University
 Charly FeldmanUniversity of Leicester
 Mark FreemanSmithsonial Astrophysical Observatory
 Terry GaetzCXC/SAO
 Hans GuentherMIT
 Danielle Gurgew University of Alabama Huntsville
 Ralf HeilmannMIT
 Mourad IdirBNL/NSLSII
 Anders Clemen JakobsenDTU Space
 Diab JeriusSAO/ Chandra X-Ray Center
 Kiranmayee KilaruUSRA/NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
 Vladimar KradinovSmithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
 Ralph KraftSmithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
 Herman MarshallMIT Kavli Institute
 Ryan McClellandNASA GSFC / SGT Inc.
 Takashi OkajimaNASA Goddard Space Flight Center
 Howard PadmoreLBNL
 Giovanni PareschiINAF - Brera Astronomical Observatory
 Kurt PonsorMindrum Precision
 Lisa PoyneerLawrence Livermore National Laboratory
 Paul B. ReidHarvard-Smithsonian CfA
 Bianca SalmasoINAF - Osservatorio Astronomico Brera
 Dan SchwartzSmithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
 Eric SchwartzSmithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
 Peter SollyNASA/GSFC
 Harvey TananbaumSAO
 Susan Trolier-McKinstryPennsylvania State University
 James TuttThe Pennsylvania State University
 Mel UlmerNorthwestern University
 David L WindtReflective X-ray Optics LLC
 Youwei YaoMIT
 William W. ZhangNASA Goddard Space Flight Center