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9 September 2019 Next generation x-ray optics for astronomy: high resolution, lightweight, and low cost
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The capability of an X-ray telescope depends on the quality of its mirror, which can be characterized by four quantities: point-spread-function, photon-collecting area, field of view, and energy bandwidth. In this paper, we report on our effort of developing an X-ray mirror technology that advances all of those four quantities for future X-ray astronomical missions. In addition, we have adopted a modular approach, capable of making mirror assemblies for missions of all sizes, from large missions like Lynx, to medium-sized Probes like AXIS, TAP, and HEX-P, to Explorers like STAR-X and FORCE, and to small sub-orbital missions like OGRE. This approach takes into account that all X-ray telescopes must be spaceborne and therefore require their mirror assemblies be lightweight. It is designed to make use of modern mass production techniques and commercial off-the-shelf equipment and materials to maximize production throughput and thereby to minimize implementation schedule and costs.
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William W. Zhang, Kim D. Allgood, Michael P. Biskach, Kai-Wing Chan, Michal Hlinka, John D. Kearney, James R. Mazzarella, Ryan S. McClelland, Ai Numata, Raul E. Riveros, Timo T. Saha, and Peter M. Solly "Next generation x-ray optics for astronomy: high resolution, lightweight, and low cost", Proc. SPIE 11119, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy IX, 1111907 (9 September 2019); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2530284
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