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Technology challenges of active x-ray optics for astronomy
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Paper Abstract

Adjustable x-ray optics offer the promise of much higher imaging resolution with lightweight optics, providing the key technology for the development of the next generation of astronomical x-ray telescopes such as Generation-X. These adjustable grazing incidence optics might be adjusted only once, on-orbit. To produce theses optics will require the development of several component technologies along with their integration into a new mirror concept. In this paper we define a number of the key technologies necessary for adjustable x-ray optics for astronomy, give a brief description of the issues involved, and some status of these activities being developed as part of our adjustable optics development program at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7803, Adaptive X-Ray Optics, 78030I (1 September 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.862502
Show Author Affiliations
Paul B. Reid, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
William Davis, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Daniel A. Schwartz, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Susan Trolier-McKinstry, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Rudeger H. T. Wilke, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7803:
Adaptive X-Ray Optics
Ali M. Khounsary; Stephen L. O'Dell; Sergio R. Restaino, Editor(s)

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