30 April 2009 Mirror technology development for the International X-Ray Observatory (IXO) mission
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The International X-Ray Observatory (IXO) is a NASA, ESA, and JAXA joint mission. It requires a mirror assembly with unprecedented characteristics that cannot be provided by existing optical technologies. In the past several years, the project office at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center has supported a vigorous mirror technology development program. This program includes the fabrication of lightweight mirror segments by slumping commercially available thin glass sheets, the support and mounting of these thin mirror segments for accurate metrology, the mounting and attachment of these mirror segments for the purpose of X-ray tests, and development of methods for aligning and integrating these mirror segments into mirror assemblies. This paper describes our efforts and developments in these areas.
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W. W. Zhang, J. Bolognese, G. Byron, K. W. Chan, D. A. Content, T. J. Hadjimichael, Charles Hewitt, M. D. Hill, M. Hong, J. P. Lehan, L. Lozipone, J. M. Mazzarella, R. McClelland, D. T. Nguyen, L. Olsen, R. Petre, D. Robinson, S. O. Rohrbach, R. Russell, T. T. Saha, M. Sharpe, M. V. Gubarev, W. D. Jones, S. L. O'Dell, W. Davis, D. R. Caldwell, M. Freeman, W. Podgorski, P. B. Reid, "Mirror technology development for the International X-Ray Observatory (IXO) mission", Proc. SPIE 7360, EUV and X-Ray Optics: Synergy between Laboratory and Space, 73600J (30 April 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.833544; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.833544
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