30 April 2009 Alignment system for full-shell replicated x-ray mirrors
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We are developing grazing-incidence x-ray optics for high-energy astrophysical applications using the electroformnickel replication process. For space-based applications these optics must be light-weight yet stable, which dictates the use of very-thin-walled full-shell mirrors. Such shells have been fabricated with resolution as good as 11arcsec for hard x-rays, and technology enhancements under development at MSFC are aimed at producing mirrors with resolution better than 10 arcsec. The challenge, however, is to preserve this resolution during mounting and assembly. We present here a status report on a mounting and alignment system currently under development at Marshall Space Flight Center designed to meet this challenge.
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Mikhail Gubarev, Brian Ramsey, William Arnold, "Alignment system for full-shell replicated x-ray mirrors", Proc. SPIE 7360, EUV and X-Ray Optics: Synergy between Laboratory and Space, 73600A (30 April 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.823848; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.823848
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