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Fabrication of the NuSTAR flight optics
Author(s): William W. Craig; HongJun An; Kenneth L. Blaedel; Finn E. Christensen; Todd A. Decker; Anne Fabricant; Jeff Gum; Charles J. Hailey; Layton Hale; Carsten B. Jensen; Jason E. Koglin; Kaya Mori; Melanie Nynka; Michael J. Pivovaroff; Marton V. Sharpe; Marcela Stern; Gordon Tajiri; William W. Zhang
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Paper Abstract

We describe the fabrication of the two NuSTAR flight optics modules. The NuSTAR optics modules are glass-graphiteepoxy composite structures to be employed for the first time in space-based X-ray optics by NuSTAR, a NASA Small Explorer schedule for launch in February 2012. We discuss the optics manufacturing process, the qualification and environmental testing performed, and briefly discuss the results of X-ray performance testing of the two modules. The integration and alignment of the completed flight optics modules into the NuSTAR instrument is described as are the optics module thermal shields.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 October 2011
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 8147, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy V, 81470H (6 October 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.895278
Show Author Affiliations
William W. Craig, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
HongJun An, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Kenneth L. Blaedel, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Finn E. Christensen, DTU Space, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
Todd A. Decker, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Anne Fabricant, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Jeff Gum, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Charles J. Hailey, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Layton Hale, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Carsten B. Jensen, DTU Space, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
Jason E. Koglin, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Kaya Mori, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Melanie Nynka, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Michael J. Pivovaroff, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Marton V. Sharpe, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Marcela Stern, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Gordon Tajiri, Columbia Univ. (United States)
William W. Zhang, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8147:
Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy V
Stephen L. O'Dell; Giovanni Pareschi, Editor(s)

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