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Precise alignment of x-ray mirror components utilizing pneumatic actuators
Author(s): Stephen E. Kendrick; Paul Atcheson; Robert Warden; Jerold Cole; Beth Kelsic; Diane Fear
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Paper Abstract

X-ray telescope architectures currently being examined for future missions such as concepts like the International X-ray Observatory (IXO) are composed of thousands of extremely thin mirror elements (0.2 to 0.4 mm thick) arranged in closely spaced arrays. The precise positioning, integration, and testing of those optical elements are some of the fundamental challenges for fabrication of future X-ray telescopes. We will describe a novel pneumatic actuator and initial testbed results for positioning a single mirror and subsequently an array of mirrors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 October 2012
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8491, Optical System Alignment, Tolerancing, and Verification VI, 849108 (15 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.927329
Show Author Affiliations
Stephen E. Kendrick, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Paul Atcheson, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Robert Warden, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Jerold Cole, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Beth Kelsic, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Diane Fear, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8491:
Optical System Alignment, Tolerancing, and Verification VI
José Sasián; Richard N. Youngworth, Editor(s)

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