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The square meter arcsecond resolution x-ray telescope: SMART-X
Author(s): Daniel A. Schwartz; Thomas L. Aldcroft; Jay A. Bookbinder; Vincenzo Cotroneo; William N. Davis; William R. Forman; Mark D. Freeman; Stuart McMuldroch; Paul Reid; Harvey Tananbaum; Alexey Vikhlinin; Susan Trolier-McKinstry; Derek Wilke; Raegan Johnson-Wilke
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Paper Abstract

We describe an X-ray Observatory mission with 0.5” angular resolution, comparable to the Chandra X-ray Observatory, but with 30 times more effective collecting area. The concept is based on developing the new technology of adjustable X-ray optics for ultra thin (0.4 mm), highly nested grazing incidence X-ray mirrors. Simulations to date indicate that the corrections for manufacturing and mounting can be determined on the ground and the effects of gravity release can be calculated to sufficient accuracy, so that all adjustments are applied only once on-orbit, without the need of any on-orbit determination of the required corrections. The mission concept is based on the Chandra Observatory, and takes advantage of the technology studies which have taken place over the past fifteen years developing large area, light weight mirrors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 October 2012
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8503, Adaptive X-Ray Optics II, 850308 (15 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.930868
Show Author Affiliations
Daniel A. Schwartz, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Thomas L. Aldcroft, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Jay A. Bookbinder, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Vincenzo Cotroneo, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
William N. Davis, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
William R. Forman, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Mark D. Freeman, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Stuart McMuldroch, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Paul Reid, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Harvey Tananbaum, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Alexey Vikhlinin, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Susan Trolier-McKinstry, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Derek Wilke, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Raegan Johnson-Wilke, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8503:
Adaptive X-Ray Optics II
Ali M. Khounsary; Stephen L. O'Dell; Thomas G. Bifano, Editor(s)

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