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Optical Engineering

Design considerations for adjustable-curvature, high-power, x-ray mirrors based on elastic bending
Author(s): Malcolm R. Howells; David L. Lunt
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Paper Abstract

The use of elastic bending to form the shapes of high-power x-ray mirrors for synchrotron radiation beamlines is considered. An approach in which the bending mechanism and the mirror are cut from the same monolithic block by electric-discharge-machining techniques is especially advocated. A discussion of the theory and practical design philosophies is given that includes circular and elliptical cylinder mirrors. The influence of gravity on the mirror shape is studied with emphasis on the optimum positions for the mirror supports that, for a uniform mirror, turn out to be at a spacing equal to the mirror length divided by root three.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1993
PDF: 9 pages
Opt. Eng. 32(8) doi: 10.1117/12.146391
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 32, Issue 8
Show Author Affiliations
Malcolm R. Howells, Univ. of California (United States)
David L. Lunt, Photon Sciences International, Inc. (United States)


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