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1 February 1994 15-30 arcsec resolution replica x-ray optics for AXAF-S
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This document describes a proposal for a replica X-ray optics to be developed in Italy for NASA's X-ray spectroscopy mission AXAF-S. The program is based on state of the art technology for the production of replica X-ray optics. On the basis of the experience with the Jet-X mirror shells (to be flown on the Spectrum X-(gamma) satellite), a spatial resolution of 15 - 30 arcsec half power diameter (HPD) can be achieved for the AXAF-S optics. The characteristics of the proposed optical system are described and its performances evaluated by using the current baseline configuration for the array of X-ray calorimeters in the focal plane. The impact of the proposed replica X-ray optics is briefly outlined and a comparison with foil optics (1 - 3 arcmin HPD resolution) is carried out.
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