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Design, Construction, And Performance Of The ROSAT High-Resolution X-Ray Mirror Assembly
Author(s): Bernd Aschenbach
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Paper Abstract

A grazing incidence telescope has been developed for the x-ray astronomy satellite ROSAT including a verification model and a flight model. The telescope consists of a fourfold nested Wolter type I mirror assembly of 84-cm front aperture and 240-cm focal length. The verification model has been built and fully assembled to a telescope. Full aperture x-ray measurements performed in our 130-m long-beam facility are pesented and successfully compared with model predictions based on mirror metrology data. An energy independent angular resolution of 4-sec of arc half-energy width for the encircled point spread function and a mirror surface microroughness of <3 Å have been achieved. Metrology of the actual flight mirrors (although not yet assembled to a telescope) indicates an even better performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 August 1988
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 0830, Grazing Incidence Optics for Astronomical and Laboratory Applications, (9 August 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.942176
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Bernd Aschenbach, Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (Federal Republic of Germany)

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

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