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Kirkpatrick-Baez optics for the Generation-X mission
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Paper Abstract

Generation-X is a Vision Mission for a future x-ray observatory. It is to have an effective area of 150 m2 at 1 keV, a resolution of ~0.1 arc seconds and the goal of probing the universe from redshifts of 5 to 10. Fabrication of the telescope is quite challenging and the best approach is unclear. We report our study of the use of Kirkpatrick-Baez telescopes applied to Gen-X. Such systems can be manufactured relatively inexpensively using simple flat mirrors. Huge effective areas can be obtained without the need for complicated deployable optics. In this study we found that Kirkpatrick-Baez optics provide an attractive and feasible approach to fabrication. The trade off is a 5km focal length.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 October 2005
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5900, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy II, 59001F (7 October 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.617176
Show Author Affiliations
Nishanth Rajan, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder (United States)
Webster Cash, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5900:
Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy II
Oberto Citterio; Stephen L. O'Dell, Editor(s)

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