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NuSTAR hard x-ray optics design and performance
Author(s): Jason E. Koglin; HongJun An; Kenneth L. Blaedel; Nicolai F. Brejnholt; Finn E. Christensen; William W. Craig; Todd A. Decker; Charles J. Hailey; Layton C. Hale; Fiona A. Harrison; Carsten P. Jensen; Kristin K. Madsen; Kaya Mori; Michael J. Pivovaroff; Gordon Tajiri; William W. Zhang
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Paper Abstract

The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) is a NASA satellite mission scheduled for launch in 2011. Using focusing optics with multilayer coating for enhanced reflectivity of hard X-rays (6-79 keV), NuSTAR will provide a combination of clarity, sensitivity and spectral resolution surpassing the largest observatories in this band by orders of magnitude. This advance will allow NuSTAR to test theories of how heavy elements are born, discover collapsed stars and black holes on all scales and explore the most extreme physical environments. We will present an overview of the NuSTAR optics design and production process and detail the optics performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 August 2009
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7437, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy IV, 74370C (31 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.826724
Show Author Affiliations
Jason E. Koglin, Columbia Astrophysics Lab. (United States)
HongJun An, Columbia Astrophysics Lab. (United States)
Kenneth L. Blaedel, Columbia Astrophysics Lab. (United States)
Nicolai F. Brejnholt, Danish Technical Univ. (Denmark)
Finn E. Christensen, Danish Technical Univ. (Denmark)
William W. Craig, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Todd A. Decker, Columbia Astrophysics Lab. (United States)
Charles J. Hailey, Columbia Astrophysics Lab. (United States)
Layton C. Hale, Columbia Astrophysics Lab. (United States)
Fiona A. Harrison, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Carsten P. Jensen, Danish Technical Univ. (Denmark)
Kristin K. Madsen, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Kaya Mori, Columbia Astrophysics Lab. (United States)
Michael J. Pivovaroff, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Gordon Tajiri, Columbia Astrophysics Lab. (United States)
William W. Zhang, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7437:
Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy IV
Stephen L. O'Dell; Giovanni Pareschi, Editor(s)

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