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Mounting and alignment of full-shell replicated x-ray optics
Author(s): Mikhail Gubarev; William Arnold; Carl Benson; Thomas Kester; David Lehner; Brian Ramsey; Ryan Upton
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Paper Abstract

We are developing grazing-incidence x-ray optics for astronomy. The optics are full-cylinder mirror shells fabricated using electroformed-nickel replication off super-polished mandrels. For space-based applications where weight is at a premium, very-thin-walled, light-weight mirrors are required. Such shells have been fabricated at MSFC with < 15 arcsec resolution. The challenge, however, is to preserve this resolution during mounting and assembly. We present here a status report on a mounting and alignment system currently under development at Marshall Space Flight Center to meet this challenge.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 September 2007
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6688, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy III, 66881F (20 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.735832
Show Author Affiliations
Mikhail Gubarev, Universities Space Research Association (United States)
MSFC/NASA (United States)
William Arnold, Jacobs ESTS Group (United States)
MSFC/NASA (United States)
Carl Benson, MSFC/NASA (United States)
Thomas Kester, MSFC/NASA (United States)
David Lehner, MSFC/NASA (United States)
Brian Ramsey, MSFC/NASA (United States)
Ryan Upton, ERC, Inc., (United States)
MSFC/NASA (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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