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Next generation x-ray optics for astronomy: high resolution, lightweight, and low cost
Author(s): William W. Zhang; Kim D. Allgood; Michael P. Biskach; Kai-Wing Chan; Michal Hlinka; John D. Kearney; James R. Mazzarella; Ryan S. McClelland; Ai Numata; Raul E. Riveros; Timo T. Saha; Peter M. Solly
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Paper Abstract

The capability of an X-ray telescope depends on the quality of its mirror, which can be characterized by four quantities: point-spread-function, photon-collecting area, field of view, and energy bandwidth. In this paper, we report on our effort of developing an X-ray mirror technology that advances all of those four quantities for future X-ray astronomical missions. In addition, we have adopted a modular approach, capable of making mirror assemblies for missions of all sizes, from large missions like Lynx, to medium-sized Probes like AXIS, TAP, and HEX-P, to Explorers like STAR-X and FORCE, and to small sub-orbital missions like OGRE. This approach takes into account that all X-ray telescopes must be spaceborne and therefore require their mirror assemblies be lightweight. It is designed to make use of modern mass production techniques and commercial off-the-shelf equipment and materials to maximize production throughput and thereby to minimize implementation schedule and costs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 September 2019
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 11119, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy IX, 1111907 (9 September 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2530284
Show Author Affiliations
William W. Zhang, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Kim D. Allgood, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
KBR, Inc. (United States)
Michael P. Biskach, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
KBR, Inc. (United States)
Kai-Wing Chan, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Univ. of Maryland (United States)
Michal Hlinka, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
KBR, Inc. (United States)
John D. Kearney, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
KBR, Inc. (United States)
James R. Mazzarella, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
KBR, Inc. (United States)
Ryan S. McClelland, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Ai Numata, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
KBR, Inc. (United States)
Raul E. Riveros, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Univ. of Maryland (United States)
Timo T. Saha, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Peter M. Solly, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
KBR, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11119:
Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy IX
Stephen L. O'Dell; Giovanni Pareschi, Editor(s)

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