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11 October 2004 The Constellation-X Spectroscopy X-ray Telescope
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The status of technology development for the Constellation-X Spectroscopy X-ray Telescope (SXT) mirror is presented. The SXT mirror combines a large (1.6 m) aperture with modest (12 arc sec half power diameter) angular resolution and low mass (750 kg). The overall collecting area, larger than 9,600 square cm at 0.25 keV, requires high throughput, and thus nesting of a substantial number of thin reflectors. A phased development program is underway to develop reflectors, mounting and alignment approaches, and metrology techniques for components and the mirror has a whole. The latest results in all these areas are summarized, along with an overview of results of optical testing of reflector performance.
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Robert Petre, David A. Content, John P. Lehan, Stephen L. O'Dell, Scott M. Owens, William A. Podgorski, Jeff Stewart, and William W. Zhang "The Constellation-X Spectroscopy X-ray Telescope", Proc. SPIE 5488, UV and Gamma-Ray Space Telescope Systems, (11 October 2004); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.552062
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