18 July 2016 Lightweight and high-resolution single crystal silicon optics for x-ray astronomy
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We describe an approach to building mirror assemblies for next generation X-ray telescopes. It incorporates knowledge and lessons learned from building existing telescopes, including Chandra, XMM-Newton, Suzaku, and NuSTAR, as well as from our direct experience of the last 15 years developing mirror technology for the Constellation-X and International X-ray Observatory mission concepts. This approach combines single crystal silicon and precision polishing, thus has the potential of achieving the highest possible angular resolution with the least possible mass. Moreover, it is simple, consisting of several technical elements that can be developed independently in parallel. Lastly, it is highly amenable to mass production, therefore enabling the making of telescopes of very large photon collecting areas.
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William W. Zhang, William W. Zhang, Michael P. Biskach, Michael P. Biskach, Kai-Wing Chan, Kai-Wing Chan, James R. Mazzarella, James R. Mazzarella, Ryan S. McClelland, Ryan S. McClelland, Raul E. Riveros, Raul E. Riveros, Timo T. Saha, Timo T. Saha, Peter M. Solly, Peter M. Solly, "Lightweight and high-resolution single crystal silicon optics for x-ray astronomy", Proc. SPIE 9905, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 99051S (18 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2233070; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2233070
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