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31 August 2009 First results from the testing of the thin shell adaptive optic prototype for high angular resolution x-ray telescopes
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The Smart X-ray Optics project is a UK based consortium of six institutions investigating active/adaptive X-ray optics for both large and small scale applications. The large scale application is aimed towards future high angular resolution, large X-ray telescopes for X-ray astronomy. The work presented here includes the modelling and the testing of the large scale prototype optic. The prototype incorporates piezoelectric devices to a standard X-ray shell to enable the surface to be actively deformed, aiming to achieve an angular resolution better than that currently available (e.g. Chandra 0.5"). The initial design is based on a thin nickel ellipsoid segment on the back of which a series of piezoelectric actuators have been bonded. Results from the initial testing of this prototype in the X-ray beam line at the University of Leicester are presented and simulation of the X-ray performance, the effect of the actuated piezoelectric devices on the detected image and further models are discussed.
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Charlotte Feldman, Richard Willingale, Carolyn Atkins, David Brooks, Tim Button, Peter Doel, Ady James, Daniel Rodriguez Sanmartin, Andy Smith, Craig Theobald, Samantha Thompson, Hongchang Wang, and Dou Zhang "First results from the testing of the thin shell adaptive optic prototype for high angular resolution x-ray telescopes", Proc. SPIE 7437, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy IV, 74371G (31 August 2009);


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