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Cosmic X-Ray Telescope For ARIES Rocket Observations
Author(s): R. C. Catura; L. W. Acton; R. Berthelsdorf; J. L. Culhane; P. w. Sanford; A. Franks
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Paper Abstract

A rocket-borne Wolter Type I X-ray telescope having a focal length of 2.3m, an entrance aperture of 66cm and a geometrical area of 380cm2 is nearing completion. The telescope mirrors are formed by diamond turning their figures into forged aluminum substrates of 5083 alloy. These diamond-turned substrates are subsequently plated with a thin coating of electroless nickel and polished to obtain the final X-ray reflecting surfaces. Details of the rocket payload, the X-ray telescope, its calculated reponse and the experience gained in selecting the mirror substrate alloy are discussed and the current status of the telescope is reviewed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 August 1979
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0184, Space Optics Imaging X-Ray Optics Workshop, (9 August 1979); doi: 10.1117/12.957431
Show Author Affiliations
R. C. Catura, Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratory (United States)
L. W. Acton, Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratory (United States)
R. Berthelsdorf, Mullard Space Science Laboratory (United Kingdom)
J. L. Culhane, Mullard Space Science Laboratory (United Kingdom)
P. w. Sanford, Mullard Space Science Laboratory (United Kingdom)
A. Franks, National Physical Laboratory (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0184:
Space Optics Imaging X-Ray Optics Workshop
Martin C. Weisskopf, Editor(s)

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