6 October 2011 Fabrication of the NuSTAR flight optics
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We describe the fabrication of the two NuSTAR flight optics modules. The NuSTAR optics modules are glass-graphiteepoxy composite structures to be employed for the first time in space-based X-ray optics by NuSTAR, a NASA Small Explorer schedule for launch in February 2012. We discuss the optics manufacturing process, the qualification and environmental testing performed, and briefly discuss the results of X-ray performance testing of the two modules. The integration and alignment of the completed flight optics modules into the NuSTAR instrument is described as are the optics module thermal shields.
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William W. Craig, William W. Craig, HongJun An, HongJun An, Kenneth L. Blaedel, Kenneth L. Blaedel, Finn E. Christensen, Finn E. Christensen, Todd A. Decker, Todd A. Decker, Anne Fabricant, Anne Fabricant, Jeff Gum, Jeff Gum, Charles J. Hailey, Charles J. Hailey, Layton Hale, Layton Hale, Carsten B. Jensen, Carsten B. Jensen, Jason E. Koglin, Jason E. Koglin, Kaya Mori, Kaya Mori, Melanie Nynka, Melanie Nynka, Michael J. Pivovaroff, Michael J. Pivovaroff, Marton V. Sharpe, Marton V. Sharpe, Marcela Stern, Marcela Stern, Gordon Tajiri, Gordon Tajiri, William W. Zhang, William W. Zhang, } "Fabrication of the NuSTAR flight optics", Proc. SPIE 8147, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy V, 81470H (6 October 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.895278; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.895278
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