2 September 2010 Technology challenges of active x-ray optics for astronomy
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Proceedings Volume 7803, Adaptive X-Ray Optics; 78030I (2010); doi: 10.1117/12.862502
Event: SPIE Optical Engineering + Applications, 2010, San Diego, California, United States
Adjustable x-ray optics offer the promise of much higher imaging resolution with lightweight optics, providing the key technology for the development of the next generation of astronomical x-ray telescopes such as Generation-X. These adjustable grazing incidence optics might be adjusted only once, on-orbit. To produce theses optics will require the development of several component technologies along with their integration into a new mirror concept. In this paper we define a number of the key technologies necessary for adjustable x-ray optics for astronomy, give a brief description of the issues involved, and some status of these activities being developed as part of our adjustable optics development program at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.
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Paul B. Reid, William Davis, Daniel A. Schwartz, Susan Trolier-McKinstry, Rudeger H. T. Wilke, "Technology challenges of active x-ray optics for astronomy", Proc. SPIE 7803, Adaptive X-Ray Optics, 78030I (2 September 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.862502; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.862502


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