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Optimizations of Pt/SiC and W/Si multilayers for the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array
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The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, NuSTAR, is a NASA funded Small Explorer Mission, SMEX, scheduled for launch in mid 2011. The spacecraft will fly two co-aligned conical approximation Wolter-I optics with a focal length of 10 meters. The mirrors will be deposited with Pt/SiC and W/Si multilayers to provide a broad band reflectivity from 6 keV up to 78.4 keV. To optimize the mirror coating we use a Figure of Merit procedure developed for gazing incidence optics, which averages the effective area over the energy range, and combines an energy weighting function with an angular weighting function to control the shape of the desired effective area. The NuSTAR multilayers are depth graded with a power-law, di = a/(b + i)c, and we optimize over the total number of bi-layers, N, c, and the maximum bi-layer thickness, dmax. The result is a 10 mirror group design optimized for a flat even energy response both on and off-axis.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 August 2009
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7437, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy IV, 743716 (31 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.826669
Show Author Affiliations
Kristin K. Madsen, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Fiona A. Harrison, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Peter H. Mao, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Finn E. Christensen, DTU-Space (Denmark)
Carsten P. Jensen, DTU-Space (Denmark)
Nicolai Brejnholt, DTU-Space (Denmark)
Jason Koglin, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Michael J. Pivovaroff, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7437:
Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy IV
Stephen L. O'Dell; Giovanni Pareschi, Editor(s)

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