30 January 2002 Lightweight thin plastic foil x-ray telescopes
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We present results from a program to develop an X-ray telescope made from thin plastic shells. Our initial results have been obtained from multi-shell cylindrical lenses that are used in a point-to-point configuration to image the small focal spot of a an X-ray tube on a microchannel plate detector. We describe the steps that led up to the present design and present data from the tests that have been used to identify the properties of the plastic material that make it a suitable X-ray reflector. We discuss two applications of our technology to X-ray missions that are designed to address some of the scientific priorities set forth in NASA's long term plans for high energy astrophysics. One mission will observe in the 1- 10 keV band, the other will extend up to ca. 100keV.
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Herbert W. Schnopper, Marco Barbera, Eric H. Silver, Russell H. Ingram, Finn Erland Christensen, Suzanne E. Romaine, Lester M. Cohen, Alfonso Collura, Stephen S. Murray, "Lightweight thin plastic foil x-ray telescopes", Proc. SPIE 4496, X-Ray Optics for Astronomy: Telescopes, Multilayers, Spectrometers, and Missions, (30 January 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.454371; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.454371
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