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X-ray optics made from thin plastic foils
Author(s): Herbert W. Schnopper; Eric H. Silver; Russell H. Ingram; Finn Erland Christensen; Ahsen M. Hussain; Marco Barbera; Suzanne E. Romaine; Alfonso Collura; Almus T. Kenter; Simon R. Bandler; Stephen S. Murray
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Paper Abstract

New design concepts and materials can be used to produce very lightweight, thin foil approximations, to Wolter I and other x-ray optics. Structures are designed around a central hub and spacers that connect one spoked wheels. Figure defining, thin pins span the distance between the wheels. Thin, metal coated or multilayered, plastic foils can be formed into cones, cylinders or spirals for x-ray telescopes or lenses. Imaging and spectroscopic data obtained with x- ray lenses are presented and they indicate that a 60 cm diameter, 4.65 m focal length x-ray telescope can have a half power diameter of < 2 arcmin.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 September 1999
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3766, X-Ray Optics, Instruments, and Missions II, (29 September 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.363649
Show Author Affiliations
Herbert W. Schnopper, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Eric H. Silver, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Russell H. Ingram, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Finn Erland Christensen, Danish Space Research Institute (Denmark)
Ahsen M. Hussain, Danish Space Research Institute (Denmark)
Marco Barbera, Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo (Italy)
Suzanne E. Romaine, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Alfonso Collura, Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo (Italy)
Almus T. Kenter, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Simon R. Bandler, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Stephen S. Murray, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3766:
X-Ray Optics, Instruments, and Missions II
Richard B. Hoover; Arthur B. C. Walker II, Editor(s)

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