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Thin plastic shell x-ray optics: an update
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 new results from a program to develop large area X-ray telescopes that are made from thin plastic shells. We use multi-shell cylindrical lenses in a point-to-point configuration to form full aperture images of the small focal spot in a an X-ray tube on a microchannel plate detector. The image data are analyzed to yield radial profiles and encircled energy curves. The derived parameters can be extrapolated to the case of a telescope that is a conical approximation to Wolter 1 optics. The plastic shells can be coated with suitable mono- or multilayers that allow for a wideband coverage of X-ray energies. Our current program is focused on the development of a large area, hard X-ray telescope for a balloon payload.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 March 2003
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4851, X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Telescopes and Instruments for Astronomy, (11 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.461286
Show Author Affiliations
Herbert W. Schnopper, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Marco Barbera, Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo (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 (United States)
Suzanne E. Romaine, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Lester M. Cohen, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Alfonso Collura, Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo (United States)
Stephen S. Murray, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4851:
X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Telescopes and Instruments for Astronomy
Joachim E. Truemper; Harvey D. Tananbaum, Editor(s)

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