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Development of light weight replicated x-ray optics, II
Author(s): S. Romaine; R. Bruni; B. Choi; C. Jensen; K. Kilaru; B. Ramsey; S. Sampath
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Paper Abstract

NASA’S future X-ray astronomy missions will require X-ray optics that have large effective area while remaining lightweight, and cost effective. Some X-ray missions, such as XMM-Newton[1] , and the upcoming Spectrum-Röntgen- Gamma[2] mission use an electroformed nickel replication (ENR) process[3] to fabricate the nested grazing incidence X-ray telescope mirror shells for an array of moderate resolution, moderate effective area telescopes. We are developing a process to fabricate metal-ceramic replicated optics which will be lighter weight than current nickel replicated technology. Our technology development takes full advantage of the replication technique by fabricating large diameter mirrors with thin cross sections allowing maximum nesting and increase in collecting area. This will lead to future cost effective missions with large effective area and lightweight optics with good angular resolution. Recent results on fabrication and testing of these optics is presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 July 2014
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9144, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 91441H (25 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056973
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S. Romaine, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
R. Bruni, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
B. Choi, ReliaCoat Technologies, LLC (United States)
C. Jensen, ReliaCoat Technologies, LLC (United States)
K. Kilaru, Universities Space Research Association (United States)
B. Ramsey, National Space Sciences and Technology Ctr. (United States)
S. Sampath, ReliaCoat Technologies, LLC (United States)
Stony Brook Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9144:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Tadayuki Takahashi; Jan-Willem A. den Herder; Mark Bautz, Editor(s)

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