29 September 1999 X-ray optics made from thin plastic foils
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New design concepts and materials can be used to produce very lightweight, thin foil approximations, to Wolter I and other x-ray optics. Structures are designed around a central hub and spacers that connect one spoked wheels. Figure defining, thin pins span the distance between the wheels. Thin, metal coated or multilayered, plastic foils can be formed into cones, cylinders or spirals for x-ray telescopes or lenses. Imaging and spectroscopic data obtained with x- ray lenses are presented and they indicate that a 60 cm diameter, 4.65 m focal length x-ray telescope can have a half power diameter of < 2 arcmin.
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Herbert W. Schnopper, Eric H. Silver, Russell H. Ingram, Finn Erland Christensen, Ahsen M. Hussain, Marco Barbera, Suzanne E. Romaine, Alfonso Collura, Almus T. Kenter, Simon R. Bandler, Stephen S. Murray, "X-ray optics made from thin plastic foils", Proc. SPIE 3766, X-Ray Optics, Instruments, and Missions II, (29 September 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.363649; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.363649


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