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Lobster-eye x-ray optics using microchannel plates
Author(s): Philip E. Kaaret; Phillip Geissbuehler
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Paper Abstract

We describe a novel system for focusing X-rays based on the eye of a lobster and a method for fabricating such optics using microchannel plates which have pores with square cross sections. Lobster eye optics will enable us to construct X-ray telescopes capable of simultaneously viewing a large fraction of the sky, making possible a new class of X-ray astronomy survey and monitoring missions. We have tested the X-ray optical properties of one of the first available square pore MCP''s. We find that the angular resolution of the MCP lense is 5 arcminutes (FWHM). The resolution is limited by misalignment of the pore surfaces.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 1992
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1546, Multilayer and Grazing Incidence X-Ray/EUV Optics, (1 January 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.51261
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Philip E. Kaaret, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Phillip Geissbuehler, Columbia Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1546:
Multilayer and Grazing Incidence X-Ray/EUV Optics
Richard B. Hoover, Editor(s)

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