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13 June 2006 Programmatics of large scale production of silicon pore optics for future x-ray telescopes
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Silicon pore optics have been proposed earlier as modular optical X-ray units in large Wolter-I telescopes that would match effective area and resolution requirements imposed by missions such as XEUS. Since then the optics have been developed further and the feasibility of the production of high-performance pore optics has been demonstrated. Optimisation of the production and the assembly process allowed the generation of optics with larger areas with improved imaging performance; Silicon pore optics can now be manufactured with properties required for future X-ray telescopes. A suitable design that allows the implementation of pore optics into X-ray Optical Units in Wolter I configuration was derived and recently built including an appropriate telescope mounting structure with interfaces for the individual components. Based on the present experience the requirements for industrial mirror production, optics assembly, related metrology and performance verification are reviewed from a viewpoint of its implementation into a large scale production. Such production may lead to the provision of the large number of X-ray optical units that are required within reasonably short time scales and a feasible cost envelope. The present outcome of this investigation and the prospects to future production and test facilities will be presented.
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S. Kraft, M. Collon, M. W. Beijersbergen, M. Bavdaz, D. H. Lumb, K. Wallace, A. Peacock, M. Krumrey, and V. Lehmann "Programmatics of large scale production of silicon pore optics for future x-ray telescopes", Proc. SPIE 6266, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation II: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 626617 (13 June 2006);


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