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Formula For The Meridional Section Of The Point Spread Function Of Wolter I X-Ray Telescope And Thin-Film Multilayered Optics
Author(s): Shao-Hua Chao; David L. Shealy
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Paper Abstract

The flux flow equation of Burkhard and Shealy1 is a simplified equation which can be used to evaluate the energy flux density at the image plane for a general optical system. Since the flux flow equation is based on the differential geometry of the wave front passing through the system, the energy flux density at the image plane can be computed by tracing a single ray through the system and using the flux flow equation. This technique has been used to calculate the meridional section of the point spread function of Wolter I x-ray telescopes and thin-film multilayered optics. Results, which have been obtained by the flux flow ray tracing method for the point spread function of several Wolter I x-ray telescopes and hybrid x-ray telescopes using convexed thin-film multilayered optics located near the primary focus, are compared with the RMS blur circle results and the point spread function results obtained by conventional ray tracing techniques.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 May 1985
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0563, Applications of Thin Film Multilayered Structures to Figured X-Ray Optics, (6 May 1985); doi: 10.1117/12.949679
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Shao-Hua Chao, University of Alabama at Birmingham (United States)
David L. Shealy, University of Alabama at Birmingham (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0563:
Applications of Thin Film Multilayered Structures to Figured X-Ray Optics
Gerald F. Marshall, Editor(s)

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