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1 February 1991 Imaging performance and tests of soft x-ray telescopes
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Photos obtained during 5 mm. of observation time from the flight of our 10 inch normal incidence soft x-ray (1 = 63.5A) telescope on September 11, 1989 are analyzed and the data are compared to the results expected from tests of the mirror surfaces. These tests cover a range of spatial periods from 25 cm to lÅ. The photos demonstrate a reduction in the scattering of the multilayer mirror compared to a single surface for scattering angles above 1 arcmin, corresponding to surface irregularities with spatial periods below 10 tim. Our results are used to predict the possible performance of future flights. Sounding rocket observations might be able to reach a resolution around 0. 1 arcsec. Higher resolutions will require flights of longer durations and improvements in mirror testing for the largest spatial penods.
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Eberhard Adolf Spiller, R. McCorkle, Janusz S. Wilczynski, Leon Golub, George U. Nystrom, Peter Z. Takacs, and Charles W. Welch "Imaging performance and tests of soft x-ray telescopes", Proc. SPIE 1343, X-Ray/EUV Optics for Astronomy, Microscopy, Polarimetry, and Projection Lithography, (1 February 1991); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.23186
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