19 July 2016 Design of a medium size x-ray mirror module based on thin glass foils
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The hot slumping glass technology for X-ray mirror is under development and in the last years the results have been improved. Nustar is the first X-ray telescope based on slumped glass foils and it benefit is the low cost compared to the direct polishing of glass. With the slumping technique it is possible to maintain the glass mass to low values with respect to the direct polishing, but in general the angular resolution is worst. A further technique based on glass is the cold shaping of foils. The improved capabilities of manufacturing thin glass foils, pushed by the industrial application for screens, open new possibilities for X-ray mirror. The increase in strength of thin tempered glasses, the reduction of thickness errors and the good roughness of flat foils are potentially great advantages. In this paper a design of a mediumsize X-ray mirror module is analysed. It is based on integration of glass foils, stacked directly on a supporting structure that is part of the X-ray telescope using stiffening ribs as spacer between foils. The alignment of each stack is performed directly into the integration machine avoiding the necessity of the alignment of different stacked modules. A typical module (glass optic and metallic structure) provides an effective area of 10 cm2/kg at 1 keV (with a mass of about 50- 100 kg and a focal length of 10 m).
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Stefano Basso, Stefano Basso, Marta Civitani, Marta Civitani, Giovanni Pareschi, Giovanni Pareschi, "Design of a medium size x-ray mirror module based on thin glass foils", Proc. SPIE 9905, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 990574 (19 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232893; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2232893
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