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A Test Facility For Astronomical X-Ray Optics
Author(s): R. A. Lewis; J. Bordas; F. E. Christensen
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Paper Abstract

Grazing incidence x-ray optics for x-ray astronomical applications are used outside the earths atmosphere. These devices require a large collection aperture and the imaging of an x-ray source which is essentially placed at infinity. The ideal testing system for these optical elements has to approximate that encountered under working conditions, however the testing of these optical elements is notoriously difficult with conventional x-ray generators. Synchrotron Radiation (SR) sources are sufficiently brilliant to produce a nearly perfect parallel beam over a large area whilst still retaining a flux considerably higher than that available from conventional x-ray generators. A facility designed for the testing of x-ray optics, particularly in connection with x-ray telescopes is described below. It is proposed that this facility will be accommodated at the Synchrotron Radiation Source at the Daresbury Laboratory in the U.K.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 1989
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1160, X-Ray/EUV Optics for Astronomy and Microscopy, (28 July 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.962674
Show Author Affiliations
R. A. Lewis, Daresbury Synchrotron Radiation Facility (United Kingdom)
J. Bordas, Daresbury Synchrotron Radiation Facility (United Kingdom)
F. E. Christensen, Danish Space Research Institute (Denmark)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1160:
X-Ray/EUV Optics for Astronomy and Microscopy
Richard B. Hoover, Editor(s)

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