28 July 2014 Production of thin glass mirrors by hot slumping for x-ray telescopes: present process and ongoing development
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Thin glass foils are considered good candidates to build a segmented X-ray telescope with effective area as large as 2 m2 and angular resolution better than 5 arcsec. In order to produce thin glass mirror segments, we developed a direct hot slumping technique assisted by pressure, in which the shape of a mould is replicated onto the optical surface of the glass. In this paper we present the result obtained with AF32 (by Schott) and EAGLE XG (by Corning) glass types. The selected mould material is Zerodur K20, as it does not require any anti-sticking layer and has a good matching, in terms of Coefficient of Thermal Expansion, with both glass types. Our group already produced a few prototypes, reaching angular resolution near 20 arcsec. In this work, relevant steps forward aimed at attaining a 5 arcsec angular resolution are described, along with the tuning of few key parameters in the slumping process. The results obtained on a newly procured cylindrical Zerodur K20 mould are presented.
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B. Salmaso, B. Salmaso, S. Basso, S. Basso, C. Brizzolari, C. Brizzolari, M. Civitani, M. Civitani, M. Ghigo, M. Ghigo, G. Pareschi, G. Pareschi, D. Spiga, D. Spiga, G. Tagliaferri, G. Tagliaferri, G. Vecchi, G. Vecchi, } "Production of thin glass mirrors by hot slumping for x-ray telescopes: present process and ongoing development", Proc. SPIE 9151, Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation, 91512W (28 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056038; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2056038

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