28 November 2000 High-accuracy x-ray foil optic assembly
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Achieving arcsecond angular resolution in a grazing-incidence foil optic X-ray telescope, such as the segmented mirror approach being considered for the Constellation-X Spectroscopy X-Ray Telescope (SXT), requires accurate placement of individual foils. We have developed a method for mounting large numbers of nested, segmented foil optics with sub- micrometer accuracy using lithographically defined and etched silicon alignment micro-structures. A system of assembly tooling, incorporating the silicon micro-structures, is used to position the foils which are then bonded to a flight structure. The advantage of this procedure is that the flight structure has relaxed tolerance requirements while the high accuracy assembly tooling can be reused. A companion paper by Bergner et al. discusses how our process could be used for the SXT. We have built an assembly truss with a simplified rectilinear geometry designed to experimentally test this alignment and mounting technique. We report results of tests with this system that demonstrate its ability to provide sub- micrometer alignment of rigid test optics.
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Glen P. Monnelly, Glen P. Monnelly, Olivier Mongrard, Olivier Mongrard, David Breslau, David Breslau, Nat Butler, Nat Butler, Carl G. Chen, Carl G. Chen, Lester M. Cohen, Lester M. Cohen, Wendy Gu, Wendy Gu, Ralf K. Heilmann, Ralf K. Heilmann, Paul T. Konkola, Paul T. Konkola, George R. Ricker, George R. Ricker, Mark L. Schattenburg, Mark L. Schattenburg, } "High-accuracy x-ray foil optic assembly", Proc. SPIE 4138, X-Ray Optics, Instruments, and Missions IV, (28 November 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.407556; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.407556

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