27 October 2016 Active full-shell grazing-incidence optics
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MSFC has a long history of developing full-shell grazing-incidence x-ray optics for both narrow (pointed) and wide field (surveying) applications. The concept presented in this paper shows the potential to use active optics to switch between narrow and wide-field geometries, while maintaining large effective area and high angular resolution. In addition, active optics has the potential to reduce errors due to mounting and manufacturing lightweight optics. The design presented corrects low spatial frequency error and has significantly fewer actuators than other concepts presented thus far in the field of active x-ray optics. Using a finite element model, influence functions are calculated using active components on a full-shell grazing-incidence optic. Next, the ability of the active optic to effect a change of optical prescription and to correct for errors due to manufacturing and mounting is modeled.
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Jacqueline M. Roche, Ronald F. Elsner, Brian D. Ramsey, Stephen L. O'Dell, Jeffrey J. Kolodziejczak, Martin C. Weisskopf, Mikhail V. Gubarev, "Active full-shell grazing-incidence optics", Proc. SPIE 9965, Adaptive X-Ray Optics IV, 99650I (27 October 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2238171; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2238171
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