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Technology challenges of active x-ray optics for astronomy

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Paul B. Reid, William Davis, Daniel A. Schwartz

Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (USA)

Susan Trolier-McKinstry, Rudeger H. T. Wilke

The Pennsylvania State Univ. (USA)

Proc. SPIE 7803, Adaptive X-Ray Optics, 78030I (September 01, 2010); doi:10.1117/12.862502
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  • Adaptive X-Ray Optics
  • Ali M. Khounsary; Stephen L. O'Dell; Sergio R. Restaino
  • San Diego, California, USA | August 01, 2010

abstract

Adjustable x-ray optics offer the promise of much higher imaging resolution with lightweight optics, providing the key technology for the development of the next generation of astronomical x-ray telescopes such as Generation-X. These adjustable grazing incidence optics might be adjusted only once, on-orbit. To produce theses optics will require the development of several component technologies along with their integration into a new mirror concept. In this paper we define a number of the key technologies necessary for adjustable x-ray optics for astronomy, give a brief description of the issues involved, and some status of these activities being developed as part of our adjustable optics development program at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.

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Paul B. Reid ; William Davis ; Daniel A. Schwartz ; Susan Trolier-McKinstry and Rudeger H. T. Wilke
"Technology challenges of active x-ray optics for astronomy", Proc. SPIE 7803, Adaptive X-Ray Optics, 78030I (September 01, 2010); doi:10.1117/12.862502; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.862502


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