26 September 2013 LAUE lens development at UC Berkeley: status and prospects
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We report on the status of the Laue lens development effort led by UC Berkeley, where a dedicated X-ray beamline and a Laue lens assembly station were built. This allowed the realization of a first lens prototype in June 2012. Based on this achievement, and thanks to a new NASA APRA grant, we are moving forward to enable Laue lenses. Several parallel activities are in progress. Firstly, we are refining the method to glue quickly and accurately crystals on a lens substrate. Secondly, we are conducting a study of high-Z crystals to diffract energies up to 900 keV efficiently. And thirdly, we are exploring new concepts of Si-based lenses that could further improve the focusing capabilities, and thus the sensitivity of Laue lenses.
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Nicolas M. Barrière, Nicolas M. Barrière, John A. Tomsick, John A. Tomsick, Marcelo D. Ackermann, Marcelo D. Ackermann, Pierre Bastie, Pierre Bastie, Steven E. Boggs, Steven E. Boggs, Lorraine Hanlon, Lorraine Hanlon, Michael Jentschel, Michael Jentschel, Alexander Lowell, Alexander Lowell, Gilles Roudil, Gilles Roudil, Peter von Ballmoos, Peter von Ballmoos, Colin Wade, Colin Wade, } "LAUE lens development at UC Berkeley: status and prospects", Proc. SPIE 8861, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy VI, 88610F (26 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2026331; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2026331

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