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LAUE lens development at UC Berkeley: status and prospects
Author(s): Nicolas M. Barrière; John A. Tomsick; Marcelo D. Ackermann; Pierre Bastie; Steven E. Boggs; Lorraine Hanlon; Michael Jentschel; Alexander Lowell; Gilles Roudil; Peter von Ballmoos; Colin Wade
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Paper Abstract

We report on the status of the Laue lens development effort led by UC Berkeley, where a dedicated X-ray beamline and a Laue lens assembly station were built. This allowed the realization of a first lens prototype in June 2012. Based on this achievement, and thanks to a new NASA APRA grant, we are moving forward to enable Laue lenses. Several parallel activities are in progress. Firstly, we are refining the method to glue quickly and accurately crystals on a lens substrate. Secondly, we are conducting a study of high-Z crystals to diffract energies up to 900 keV efficiently. And thirdly, we are exploring new concepts of Si-based lenses that could further improve the focusing capabilities, and thus the sensitivity of Laue lenses.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 September 2013
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8861, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy VI, 88610F (26 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2026331
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Nicolas M. Barrière, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
John A. Tomsick, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
Marcelo D. Ackermann, cosine Research B.V. (Netherlands)
Pierre Bastie, Lab. Interdisciplinaire de Physique, CNRS, Univ. Joseph Fourier (France)
Institut Laue-Langevin (France)
Steven E. Boggs, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
Lorraine Hanlon, Univ. College Dublin (Ireland)
Michael Jentschel, Institut Laue-Langevin (France)
Alexander Lowell, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
Gilles Roudil, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planetologie (France)
Peter von Ballmoos, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planetologie (France)
Colin Wade, Univ. College Dublin (Ireland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8861:
Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy VI
Stephen L. O'Dell; Giovanni Pareschi, Editor(s)

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