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Future high-resolution x-ray telescope technologies: prototype fabrication methods and finite element analysis
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Paper Abstract

The Smart X-ray Optics (SXO) project is a UK based consortium consisting of several institutions investigating the application of active/adaptive optics to both large and small scale grazing incidence x-ray optics. University College London presents work relating to the large scale x-ray optics that is geared towards the next generation of x-ray space telescopes. It is proposed that through the addition of piezoelectric actuators, an active x-ray telescope with a resolution better than that currently achieved (e.g. Chandra 0.5") could be realised. An immediate aim of the SXO project is to produce an operational active ellipsoidal segment prototype, with point-to- point focusing and with the intention of being tested at the University of Leicester's x-ray beam source. Work relating to the fabrication of the prototype will be presented, including shell replication via a nickel sulphamate electroforming process, piezoelectric actuators and prototype assembly and operation. Results from finite element analysis modelling will be discussed; these relate primarily to gravitational distortion effects and the plating tank electrostatics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7011, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 70110X (15 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.787950
Show Author Affiliations
Carolyn Atkins, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Hongchang Wang, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Peter Doel, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
David Brooks, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Samantha Thompson, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Charlotte Feldman, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Richard Willingale, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Tim Button, Univ. of Birmingham (United Kingdom)
Daniel Rodriguez Sanmartin, Univ. of Birmingham (United Kingdom)
Dou Zhang, Univ. of Birmingham (United Kingdom)
Ady James, Mullard Space Science Lab., Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Craig Theobald, Mullard Space Science Lab., Univ. College London (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7011:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Martin J. L. Turner; Kathryn A. Flanagan, Editor(s)

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