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Toward large-area sub-arcsecond x-ray telescopes

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Stephen L. O'Dell, Ronald F. Elsner, Mikhail V. Gubarev, Jeffery J. Kolodziejczak, Brian D. Ramsey, Jacqueline M. Roche, Martin C. Weisskopf

NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

Thomas L. Aldcroft, Ryan Allured, Vincenzo Cotroneo, Stuart McMuldroch, Paul B. Reid, Daniel A. Schwartz, Alexey Vikhlinin

Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)

Carolyn Atkins

The Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)

David N. Burrows, Raegan L. Johnson-Wilke, Susan E. Trolier-McKinstry, Rudeger H. T. Wilke

The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)

Jian Cao, Michael E. Graham, Melville P. Ulmer, Semyon Vaynman, Xiaoli Wang

Northwestern Univ. (United States)

Brandon D. Chalifoux, Ralf K. Heilmann, Mark L. Schattenburg

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)

Kai-Wing Chan

Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County (United States)

Kiranmayee Kilaru

Universities Space Research Association (United States)

Charles F. Lillie

Lillie Consulting LLC (United States)

Raul E. Riveros

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (United States)

Timo T. Saha, William W. Zhang

NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

Proc. SPIE 9208, Adaptive X-Ray Optics III, 920805 (September 17, 2014); doi:10.1117/12.2061882
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  • Adaptive X-Ray Optics III
  • Stephen L. O'Dell; Ali M. Khounsary
  • San Diego, California, United States | August 17, 2014

abstract

The future of x-ray astronomy depends upon development of x-ray telescopes with larger aperture areas (≈ 3 m2) and fine angular resolution (≈ 1″). Combined with the special requirements of nested grazing-incidence optics, the mass and envelope constraints of space-borne telescopes render such advances technologically and programmatically challenging. Achieving this goal will require precision fabrication, alignment, mounting, and assembly of large areas (≈ 600 m2) of lightweight (≈ 1 kg/m2 areal density) high-quality mirrors at an acceptable cost (≈ 1 M$/m2 of mirror surface area). This paper reviews relevant technological and programmatic issues, as well as possible approaches for addressing these issues—including active (in-space adjustable) alignment and figure correction. © (2014) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.
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Stephen L. O'Dell ; Thomas L. Aldcroft ; Ryan Allured ; Carolyn Atkins ; David N. Burrows, et al.
" Toward large-area sub-arcsecond x-ray telescopes ", Proc. SPIE 9208, Adaptive X-Ray Optics III, 920805 (September 17, 2014); doi:10.1117/12.2061882; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2061882


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