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Lightweight thin plastic foil x-ray telescopes
Author(s): Herbert W. Schnopper; Marco Barbera; Eric H. Silver; Russell H. Ingram; Finn Erland Christensen; Suzanne E. Romaine; Lester M. Cohen; Alfonso Collura; Stephen S. Murray
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Paper Abstract

We present results from a program to develop an X-ray telescope made from thin plastic shells. Our initial results have been obtained from multi-shell cylindrical lenses that are used in a point-to-point configuration to image the small focal spot of a an X-ray tube on a microchannel plate detector. We describe the steps that led up to the present design and present data from the tests that have been used to identify the properties of the plastic material that make it a suitable X-ray reflector. We discuss two applications of our technology to X-ray missions that are designed to address some of the scientific priorities set forth in NASA's long term plans for high energy astrophysics. One mission will observe in the 1- 10 keV band, the other will extend up to ca. 100keV.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 January 2002
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 4496, X-Ray Optics for Astronomy: Telescopes, Multilayers, Spectrometers, and Missions, (30 January 2002);
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Herbert W. Schnopper, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Marco Barbera, Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo Giuseppe S. Vaiana (Italy)
Eric H. Silver, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Russell H. Ingram, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Finn Erland Christensen, Danish Space Research Institute (Denmark)
Suzanne E. Romaine, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Lester M. Cohen, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Alfonso Collura, Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo Giuseppe S. Vaiana (Italy)
Stephen S. Murray, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4496:
X-Ray Optics for Astronomy: Telescopes, Multilayers, Spectrometers, and Missions
Paul Gorenstein; Richard B. Hoover, Editor(s)

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