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Fabrication of CVD-SiC thin shells for x-ray optic applications
Author(s): Jitendra Singh Goela; Michael A. Pickering; Lester M. Cohen
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Paper Abstract

CVD SILICON CARBIDE shells have been fabricated by a scalable chemical vapor deposition vapor deposition process to demonstrate the feasibility of producing thin, lightweight optics for x-ray applications. These shells were produced by depositing SiC on shaped graphite mandrels in a CVD chamber, removing the graphite mandrels from SiC deposit followed with controlled machining to produce the required double cone surface. the size of these shells is as follows: diameter equals 250-600 mm, length equals 240-400 mm and thickness equals 1.5-2.7 mm. The roundness of the inside surface of these shells was the inside surfaces of a few shells by the epoxy replication process. Testing of two SiC shells for x-ray applications yielded a half energy width of < 15 arcsecs over a wide field of view. Important issues involved in near-net-shaping and machining of these shells are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 September 1999
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3766, X-Ray Optics, Instruments, and Missions II, (29 September 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.363648
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Jitendra Singh Goela, Rohm and Haas (United States)
Michael A. Pickering, Rohm and Haas (United States)
Lester M. Cohen, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3766:
X-Ray Optics, Instruments, and Missions II
Richard B. Hoover; Arthur B. C. Walker, Editor(s)

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