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Quest For Ultrahigh Resolution In X-Ray Optics
Author(s): John M. Davis; Allen S. Krieger; J. Kevin Silk; Richard C. Chase
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Paper Abstract

A program of solar X-ray astronomy using grazing incidence optics has culminated in X-ray images of the corona having one arc second spatial resolution. These images have demonstrated that in general X-ray optics can be fabricated to their specifications and can provide the level of resolution for which they are designed. Several aspects of these programs relating to the performance of X-ray optics in regard to resolution, including the point response function, the variation of resolution with off-axis position and the recognition that nearly all solar X-ray images have been film limited, are discussed. By extending the experience gained on this and other programs it is clearly possible to design and fabricate X-ray optics with sub-arc second resolution. The performance required to meet the scientific objective s for the remainder of the century are discussed in relation to AXIO, an Advanced X-Ray Imaging Observatory for solar observations which is proposed for flight on the space shuttle. Several configurations of AXIO are described, each of which would be a major step in the quest for ultra-high resolution observations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 August 1979
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 0184, Space Optics Imaging X-Ray Optics Workshop, (9 August 1979); doi: 10.1117/12.957439
Show Author Affiliations
John M. Davis, American Science and Engineering, Inc. (United States)
Allen S. Krieger, American Science and Engineering, Inc. (United States)
J. Kevin Silk, American Science and Engineering, Inc. (United States)
Richard C. Chase, American Science and Engineering, Inc. (United States)

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

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