31 August 2009 NuSTAR hard x-ray optics design and performance
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The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) is a NASA satellite mission scheduled for launch in 2011. Using focusing optics with multilayer coating for enhanced reflectivity of hard X-rays (6-79 keV), NuSTAR will provide a combination of clarity, sensitivity and spectral resolution surpassing the largest observatories in this band by orders of magnitude. This advance will allow NuSTAR to test theories of how heavy elements are born, discover collapsed stars and black holes on all scales and explore the most extreme physical environments. We will present an overview of the NuSTAR optics design and production process and detail the optics performance.
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Jason E. Koglin, Jason E. Koglin, HongJun An, HongJun An, Kenneth L. Blaedel, Kenneth L. Blaedel, Nicolai F. Brejnholt, Nicolai F. Brejnholt, Finn E. Christensen, Finn E. Christensen, William W. Craig, William W. Craig, Todd A. Decker, Todd A. Decker, Charles J. Hailey, Charles J. Hailey, Layton C. Hale, Layton C. Hale, Fiona A. Harrison, Fiona A. Harrison, Carsten P. Jensen, Carsten P. Jensen, Kristin K. Madsen, Kristin K. Madsen, Kaya Mori, Kaya Mori, Michael J. Pivovaroff, Michael J. Pivovaroff, Gordon Tajiri, Gordon Tajiri, William W. Zhang, William W. Zhang, } "NuSTAR hard x-ray optics design and performance", Proc. SPIE 7437, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy IV, 74370C (31 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.826724; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.826724
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