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The optical demonstration of an x-ray interferometer
Author(s): R. Willingale; G. Butcher; T. J. Stevenson
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Paper Abstract

An X-ray interferometer can be realised using a simple geometric arrangement of flat grazing incidence mirrors and a slatted grazing incidence mirror. This optical design has the advantage that large baseline separations ~ 1m can be accomodated within an envelope 2m by 20m. Operating at 1 keV such a device could provide angular resolutions of 100 micro arc seconds with a collecting area large enough to allow imaging of many potential astronomical targets. We describe the construction of an Optical Demonstration Model, working in the visible band, used as a proof of concept for the proposed scheme.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 October 2005
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 5900, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy II, 59001G (7 October 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.614807
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R. Willingale, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
G. Butcher, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
T. J. Stevenson, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5900:
Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy II
Oberto Citterio; Stephen L. O'Dell, Editor(s)

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