4 September 2015 Aligning, bonding, and testing mirrors for lightweight x-ray telescopes
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High-resolution, high throughput optics for x-ray astronomy entails fabrication of well-formed mirror segments and their integration with arc-second precision. In this paper, we address issues of aligning and bonding thin glass mirrors with negligible additional distortion. Stability of the bonded mirrors and the curing of epoxy used in bonding them were tested extensively. We present results from tests of bonding mirrors onto experimental modules, and on the stability of the bonded mirrors tested in x-ray. These results demonstrate the fundamental validity of the methods used in integrating mirrors into telescope module, and reveal the areas for further investigation. The alignment and integration methods are applicable to the astronomical mission concept such as STAR-X, the Survey and Time-domain Astronomical Research Explorer.
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Kai-Wing Chan, Kai-Wing Chan, William W. Zhang, William W. Zhang, Timo T. Saha, Timo T. Saha, Ryan S. McClelland, Ryan S. McClelland, Michael P. Biskach, Michael P. Biskach, Jason Niemeyer, Jason Niemeyer, Mark J. Schofield, Mark J. Schofield, James R. Mazzarella, James R. Mazzarella, Linette D. Kolos, Linette D. Kolos, Melinda M. Hong, Melinda M. Hong, Ai Numata, Ai Numata, Marton V. Sharpe, Marton V. Sharpe, Peter M. Solly, Peter M. Solly, Raul E. Riveros, Raul E. Riveros, Kim D. Allgood, Kim D. Allgood, Kevin P. McKeon, Kevin P. McKeon, } "Aligning, bonding, and testing mirrors for lightweight x-ray telescopes", Proc. SPIE 9603, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy VII, 96030Z (4 September 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2187016; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2187016
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