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Constellation-X mirror technology development
Author(s): W. W. Zhang; J. Bolognese; K. W. Chan; D. A. Content; T. J. Hadjimichael; Charles He; M. Hong; J. P. Lehan; J. M. Mazzarella; D. T. Nguyen; L. Olsen; S. M. Owens; R. Petre; T. T. Saha; M. Sharpe; J. Sturm; T. Wallace; M. V. Gubarev; W. D. Jones; S. L. O'Dell; W. Davis; M. Freeman; W. Podgorski; P. B. Reid
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Paper Abstract

As NASA's next major x-ray astronomical mission following the James Webb Space Telescope, Constellation-X requires technology advances in several areas, including x-ray optics, x-ray detectors, and x-ray gratings. In the area of x-ray optics, the technology challenge is in meeting a combination of angular resolution, effective area, mass, and production cost requirements. A vigorous x-ray optics development program has been underway to meet this challenge. Significant progress has been made in mirror fabrication, mirror mount and metrology, and mirror alignment and integration. In this paper we give a brief overview of our development strategy, technical approaches, current status, and expectations for the near future and refer interested readers to papers with an in-depth coverage of similar areas.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 October 2007
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6688, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy III, 668802 (3 October 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.731872
Show Author Affiliations
W. W. Zhang, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
J. Bolognese, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
K. W. Chan, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County (United States)
D. A. Content, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
T. J. Hadjimichael, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. (United States)
Charles He, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. (United States)
M. Hong, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc. (United States)
J. P. Lehan, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County (United States)
J. M. Mazzarella, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc. (United States)
D. T. Nguyen, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
L. Olsen, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc. (United States)
S. M. Owens, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
R. Petre, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
T. T. Saha, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
M. Sharpe, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc. (United States)
J. Sturm, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
T. Wallace, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
M. V. Gubarev, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Universities Space Research Association (United States)
W. D. Jones, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
S. L. O'Dell, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
W. Davis, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
M. Freeman, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
W. Podgorski, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
P. B. Reid, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6688:
Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy III
Stephen L. O'Dell; Giovanni Pareschi, Editor(s)

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