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Toward large-area sub-arcsecond x-ray telescopes
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Paper Abstract

The future of x-ray astronomy depends upon development of x-ray telescopes with larger aperture areas (≈ 3 m2) and fine angular resolution (≈ 1″). Combined with the special requirements of nested grazing-incidence optics, the mass and envelope constraints of space-borne telescopes render such advances technologically and programmatically challenging. Achieving this goal will require precision fabrication, alignment, mounting, and assembly of large areas (≈ 600 m2) of lightweight (≈ 1 kg/m2 areal density) high-quality mirrors at an acceptable cost (≈ 1 M$/m2 of mirror surface area). This paper reviews relevant technological and programmatic issues, as well as possible approaches for addressing these issues—including active (in-space adjustable) alignment and figure correction.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 2014
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 9208, Adaptive X-Ray Optics III, 920805 (17 September 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2061882
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Stephen L. O'Dell, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Thomas L. Aldcroft, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Ryan Allured, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Carolyn Atkins, The Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
David N. Burrows, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Jian Cao, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
Brandon D. Chalifoux, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Kai-Wing Chan, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County (United States)
Vincenzo Cotroneo, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Ronald F. Elsner, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Michael E. Graham, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
Mikhail V. Gubarev, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Ralf K. Heilmann, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Raegan L. Johnson-Wilke, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Kiranmayee Kilaru, Universities Space Research Association (United States)
Jeffery J. Kolodziejczak, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Charles F. Lillie, Lillie Consulting LLC (United States)
Stuart McMuldroch, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Brian D. Ramsey, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Paul B. Reid, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Raul E. Riveros, Oak Ridge Associated Universities (United States)
Jacqueline M. Roche, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Timo T. Saha, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Mark L. Schattenburg, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Daniel A. Schwartz, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Susan E. Trolier-McKinstry, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Melville P. Ulmer, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
Semyon Vaynman, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
Alexey Vikhlinin, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Xiaoli Wang, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
Martin C. Weisskopf, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Rudeger H. T. Wilke, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
William W. Zhang, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9208:
Adaptive X-Ray Optics III
Stephen L. O'Dell; Ali M. Khounsary, Editor(s)

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