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Diamond-Turned Lacquer-Coated Soft X-Ray Telescope Mirrors
Author(s): John A. Nousek; Gordon P. Garmire; Richard J. Pipetti; D. N. Burrows; W. H.-M. Ku; K. S. K. Lum
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Paper Abstract

X-ray astronomy has reached sufficient maturity to demand at least moderate angular resolution light-gathering telescopes to accompany detector development. Keeping the cost of such telescopes within the budget of low-cost flight opportunities such as sounding rockets and SPARTAN missions is a substantial challenge. We have developed a program of precision diamond mirror turning, mechanical polishing, lacquer coating, and metal deposition which produces x-ray telescopes with minute of arc angular resolution at moderate cost. We describe the process and report calibration results for a 80 cm (31.4 in.) diam Wolter I telescope flown aboard an Aries sounding rocket.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 August 1988
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 0830, Grazing Incidence Optics for Astronomical and Laboratory Applications, (9 August 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.942167
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John A. Nousek, Pennsylvania State University (United States)
Gordon P. Garmire, Pennsylvania State University (United States)
Richard J. Pipetti, Pennsylvania State University (United States)
D. N. Burrows, Pennsylvania State University (United States)
W. H.-M. Ku, Columbia Astrophysics Laboratory (United States)
K. S. K. Lum, Columbia Astrophysics Laboratory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0830:
Grazing Incidence Optics for Astronomical and Laboratory Applications
C. Stuart Bowyer, Editor(s)

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