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Thin plastic foil X-ray optics with spiral geometry
Author(s): Marco Barbera; Teresa Mineo; Emanuele Perinati; Herbert W. Schnopper; Angelo Taibi
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Paper Abstract

Winding a plastic foil ribbon into spiral cylinder or spiral cones we can design and build single or multiple reflection X-ray grazing incidence focusing optics with potential applications in Astronomy as well as experimental physics. The use of thin plastic foils from common industrial applications and of a mounting technique which does not require the construction of mandrels make these optics very cost effective. A spiral geometry focusing optic produces an annular image of a point source with the angular size of the annulus depending mainly on the pitch of the winding and the focal length. We use a ray-tracing code to evaluate the performances of cylindrical, and double conical spiral geometry as a function of the design parameters e.g. focal length, diameter, optic length. Some preliminary results are presented on X-ray imaging tests performed on spiral cylindrical optics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 September 2007
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 6688, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy III, 668815 (20 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.737120
Show Author Affiliations
Marco Barbera, UNIPA (Italy)
INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo G.S. Vaiana (Italy)
Teresa Mineo, INAF-Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica (Italy)
Emanuele Perinati, INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo G.S. Vaiana (Italy)
Herbert W. Schnopper, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Angelo Taibi, INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo G.S. Vaiana (Italy)


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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