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21 January 1993 Production of thin-walled lightweight CFRP/EPOXY x-ray mirrors for the XMM telescope
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Attention is given to the ESA High Throughput X-ray Spectroscopy Mission (XMM), a telescope with three modules each consisting of 58 highly nested Wolter I mirrors with a focal length of 7.5 m. The envisaged resolution for an XMM module is 27 arcsec half energy width (HEW) at 8 keV X-ray energy. Results are presented of production and performance tests of the medium-size XMM CFRP/EPOXY mirror shell, including: the production of CFRP carriers as the mirror shell substrate with a global ovality PTV(R) of less than 50 microns and HEW contribution due to roundness of less than 10 arcsec; the replication of Wolter I shaped reflecting gold surface on the CFRP substrate; the measurement of optical performance (HEW is less than 17 arcsec at 1.5 keV X-ray energy); and an investigation of long-term stability for the 10-yr mission time. It is shown that the CFRP/EPOXY mirror shell replication technology can meet the XMM mission requirements.
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Dieter Pauschinger, Wilhelm J. Egle, Walter Neumann, Holger Glatzel, D. Rohde, Hubert Salmen, W. Becker, and Gunter Helwig "Production of thin-walled lightweight CFRP/EPOXY x-ray mirrors for the XMM telescope", Proc. SPIE 1742, Multilayer and Grazing Incidence X-Ray/EUV Optics for Astronomy and Projection Lithography, (21 January 1993);

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