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5 January 2001 High-resolution micropore x-ray optics produced with microchannel plate technology
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Using the technology that has been developed over many years for the fabrication of glass micro-channel plates, a prototype micro-pore optic has been produced that is a very light and compact implementation of a Wolter-I optic for X-ray imaging. With this prototype true Wolter-I imaging has been observed for the first time in a micro-pore optic. Individual fibers in the plates are found to be quite good, with a surface roughness permitting application at medium X-ray energies. The image quality and effective area is however seriously reduced by random tilt errors of multifibers in the plates. If this limitation can be overcome, this technology would allow very light and compact X-ray telescopes to be built. A design is presented that already provides a considerable effective area for soft X-rays using the properties of the surfaces obtained in this program.
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Marco W. Beijersbergen, Marcos Bavdaz, Anthony J. Peacock, Enrico Tomaselli, R. Fairbend, J.-P. Boutot, Sven Olof Flyckt, A. Brunton, G. J. Price, George W. Fraser, C. Herrmann, Michael K. Krumrey, Eric Ziegler, and Andreas K. Freund "High-resolution micropore x-ray optics produced with microchannel plate technology", Proc. SPIE 4145, Advances in X-Ray Optics, (5 January 2001);


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