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Novel wide-field x-ray optics for space
Author(s): René Hudec; Ladislav Pína; Adolf Inneman

Paper Abstract

We report on the program of design and development of innovative very wide field X-ray optics for space applications. We describe the idea of wide field X-ray optics of the lobster-eye type of both Angel and Schmidt arrangements. This optics was suggested in 70ies but not yet used in space experiment due to severe manufacturing problems. The lobster-eye X-ray optics may achieve up to 180 degrees (diameter) field of view at angular resolution of order of 1 arcmin. We report on various prototypes of lobster-eye X-ray lenses based on alternative technologies (replicated double sided X-ray reflecting flats, float glass, replicated square channels etc.) as well as on their optical and X-ray tests. We also discuss the importance and performance of lobster-eye X-ray telescopes in future X-ray astronomy projects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 November 2017
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10569, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2000, 105692F (21 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2307879
Show Author Affiliations
René Hudec, Astronomical Institute (Czech Republic)
Ladislav Pína, Czech Technical Univ. (Czech Republic)
Adolf Inneman, Reflex s.r.o. (Czech Republic)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10569:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2000
Georges Otrio, Editor(s)

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