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Aligning, bonding, and testing mirrors for lightweight x-ray telescopes
Author(s): Kai-Wing Chan; William W. Zhang; Timo T. Saha; Ryan S. McClelland; Michael P. Biskach; Jason Niemeyer; Mark J. Schofield; James R. Mazzarella; Linette D. Kolos; Melinda M. Hong; Ai Numata; Marton V. Sharpe; Peter M. Solly; Raul E. Riveros; Kim D. Allgood; Kevin P. McKeon
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Paper Abstract

High-resolution, high throughput optics for x-ray astronomy entails fabrication of well-formed mirror segments and their integration with arc-second precision. In this paper, we address issues of aligning and bonding thin glass mirrors with negligible additional distortion. Stability of the bonded mirrors and the curing of epoxy used in bonding them were tested extensively. We present results from tests of bonding mirrors onto experimental modules, and on the stability of the bonded mirrors tested in x-ray. These results demonstrate the fundamental validity of the methods used in integrating mirrors into telescope module, and reveal the areas for further investigation. The alignment and integration methods are applicable to the astronomical mission concept such as STAR-X, the Survey and Time-domain Astronomical Research Explorer.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 September 2015
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9603, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy VII, 96030Z (4 September 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2187016
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Kai-Wing Chan, Ctr. for Research and Exploration in Space Science and Technology & Univ. of Maryland (United States)
NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
William W. Zhang, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Timo T. Saha, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Ryan S. McClelland, Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc. (United States)
NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Michael P. Biskach, Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc. (United States)
NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Jason Niemeyer, Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc. (United States)
NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Mark J. Schofield, Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc. (United States)
NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
James R. Mazzarella, Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc. (United States)
NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Linette D. Kolos, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Melinda M. Hong, Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc. (United States)
NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Ai Numata, Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc. (United States)
NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Marton V. Sharpe, Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc. (United States)
NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Peter M. Solly, Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc. (United States)
NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Raul E. Riveros, Ctr. for Research and Exploration in Space Science and Technology & Univ. of Maryland (United States)
NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Kim D. Allgood, Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc. (United States)
NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Kevin P. McKeon, Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc. (United States)
NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9603:
Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy VII
Stephen L. O'Dell; Giovanni Pareschi, Editor(s)

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