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11 October 2004 Status of x-ray optics development for the XEUS Mission
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The success of the XEUS mission depends critically on the deployment of a 10 square metre class telescope system in a suitable orbit for science observations. The minimisation of the telescope mass and volume becomes of critical importance for such a large facility. We describe developments of novel light weight optics that enable a reduction in mass per unit area of more than an order of magnitude, compared with traditional replication optics technology. With such a large collection area, image confusion limits become a scientific driver as well, demanding arcsecond class resolution. We describe measurements that demonstrate the improvement in resolution that gives very high confidence that these requirements can be met.
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Marcos Bavdaz, David H. Lumb, Anthony J. Peacock, Marco Beijersbergen, and Stefan Kraft "Status of x-ray optics development for the XEUS Mission", Proc. SPIE 5488, UV and Gamma-Ray Space Telescope Systems, (11 October 2004); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.552935
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