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Advanced X-Ray Astrophysics Facility (AXAF)-Performance Requirements And Design Considerations
Author(s): Martin V. Zombeck
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Paper Abstract

The Advanced X-ray Astrophysics Facility (AXAF) is to be a free flying national X-ray observatory that is Shuttle-launched (in mid-1987), maintainable on-orbit, and retrievable. The design lifetime is > 10 years. The AXAF is conceived as an X-ray telescope with 6 nested Wolter type I mirrors (maximum aperture of 1.2m), a focal length of 10m, and interchangeable and replaceable focal plane instruments. The optics will provide 0.5 arcsecond imagery over a several arcminute field and somewhat reduced resolution over 1 degree in the X-ray band from 0.1 to 8 keV. The performance requirements and design of the facility will be discused and comparisons made with present X-ray observatories. The scientific objectives of the AXAF will also be discussed briefly.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 August 1979
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 0184, Space Optics Imaging X-Ray Optics Workshop, (9 August 1979); doi: 10.1117/12.957434
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Martin V. Zombeck, Harvard/Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0184:
Space Optics Imaging X-Ray Optics Workshop
Martin C. Weisskopf, Editor(s)

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