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NuSTAR hard x-ray optics
Author(s): Jason E. Koglin; Finn E. Christensen; William W. Craig; Todd R. Decker; Charles J. Hailey; Fiona A. Harrison; Colin Hawthorn; Carsten P. Jensen; Kristin K. Madsen; Marcela Stern; Gordon Tajiri; Michael D. Taylor
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Paper Abstract

The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) is a small explorer (SMEX) mission currently under an extended Phase A study by NASA. NuSTAR will be the first satellite mission to employ focusing optics in the hard X-ray band (8-80 keV). Its design eliminates high detector backgrounds, allows true imaging, and permits the use of compact high performance detectors. The result: a combination of clarity, sensitivity, and spectral resolution surpassing the largest observatories that have operated in this band by orders of magnitude. We present an overview of the NuSTAR optics design and production process. We also describe the progress of several components of our independent optics development program that are beginning to reach maturity and could possibly be incorporated into the NuSTAR production scheme. We then present environmental test results that are being conducted in preparation of full space qualification of the NuSTAR optics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 August 2005
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5900, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy II, 59000X (31 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.618601
Show Author Affiliations
Jason E. Koglin, Columbia Astrophysics Lab. (United States)
Finn E. Christensen, Danish National Space Ctr. (Denmark)
William W. Craig, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Todd R. Decker, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Charles J. Hailey, Columbia Astrophysics Lab. (United States)
Fiona A. Harrison, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Colin Hawthorn, Columbia Astrophysics Lab. (United States)
Carsten P. Jensen, Danish National Space Ctr. (Denmark)
Kristin K. Madsen, Danish National Space Ctr. (Denmark)
Marcela Stern, Columbia Astrophysics Lab. (United States)
Gordon Tajiri, Columbia Astrophysics Lab. (United States)
Michael D. Taylor, Jet Propulsion Lab. (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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