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Alignment and integration of lightweight mirror segments
Author(s): Tyler Evans; Michael Biskach; Jim Mazzarella; Ryan McClelland; Timo Saha; William Zhang; Kai-Wing Chan
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Paper Abstract

The optics for the International X-Ray Observatory (IXO) require alignment and integration of about fourteen thousand thin mirror segments to achieve the mission goal of 3.0 square meters of effective area at 1.25 keV with an angular resolution of five arc-seconds. These mirror segments are 0.4 mm thick, and 200 to 400 mm in size, which makes it difficult not to impart distortion at the sub-arc-second level. This paper outlines the precise alignment, permanent bonding, and verification testing techniques developed at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). Improvements in alignment include new hardware and automation software. Improvements in bonding include two module new simulators to bond mirrors into, a glass housing for proving single pair bonding, and a Kovar module for bonding multiple pairs of mirrors. Three separate bonding trials were x-ray tested producing results meeting the requirement of sub ten arc-second alignment . This paper will highlight these recent advances in alignment, testing, and bonding techniques and the exciting developments in thin x-ray optic technology development.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 October 2011
PDF: 19 pages
Proc. SPIE 8147, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy V, 81470P (6 October 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.894011
Show Author Affiliations
Tyler Evans, SGT, Inc. (United States)
Michael Biskach, SGT, Inc. (United States)
Jim Mazzarella, SGT, Inc. (United States)
Ryan McClelland, SGT, Inc. (United States)
Timo Saha, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
William Zhang, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Kai-Wing Chan, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8147:
Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy V
Stephen L. O'Dell; Giovanni Pareschi, Editor(s)

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