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18 July 2000 Development of segmented x-ray mirrors for Constellation-X
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We describe recent progress toward producing a segmented mirror that meets the mass and angular resolution requirements for the Constellation-X Spectroscopy X-ray Telescope (SXT). While the segmented approach has its heritage in conical thin foil X-ray mirrors pioneered at GSFC, the Constellation-X implementation introduces innovations in nearly all components. The baseline configuration uses thermally formed glass for reflector substrates; thermally formed Be is being investigated as an option. Alignment is performed using etched Si microstructures that locate reflectors to submicron accuracy. The only aspect preserved from previous mirrors is epoxy replication of the X-ray reflecting surface. Thus far, all developments have been at the component level. Nonetheless, we have made substantial progress toward meeting the Constellation-X SXT angular resolution goal.
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Robert Petre, Carl G. Chen, Lester M. Cohen, David A. Content, Richard J. Harms, Glen P. Monnelly, Timo T. Saha, Mark L. Schattenburg, Peter J. Serlemitsos, and William W. Zhang "Development of segmented x-ray mirrors for Constellation-X", Proc. SPIE 4012, X-Ray Optics, Instruments, and Missions III, (18 July 2000); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.391572
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