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15 October 2013 Thin monolithic glass shells for future high angular resolution and large collecting area x-ray telescope
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Proceedings Volume 8884, Optifab 2013; 88841R (2013) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2028961
Event: SPIE Optifab, 2013, Rochester, New York, United States
Abstract
One of the most difficult requests to be accomplished from the technological point of view for next generation x-ray telescopes is to combine high angular resolution and effective area. A significant increase of effective area can be reached with high precision but at the same time thin (2-3 mm thickness for mirror diameters of 30-110 cm) glass mirror shells. In the last few years the Brera Observatory has lead a development program for realizing this kind of monolithic thin glass shell. The fused silica has been chosen as shell substrate due to its thermal and mechanical properties. To bring the mirror shells to the needed accuracy, we have adopted a deterministic direct polishing method (already used for past missions as Einstein, Rosat, Chandra) to ten time thinner shells. The technological challenge has been solved using a temporary stiffening structure that allows the handling and the machining of so thin glass shells. The results obtained with a prototype shell at an intermediate stage of its development (17’’ HEW measured in full illumination mode with x-ray) indicate that the working concept is feasible and can be further exploited using the very large Ion Beam Facility available in our labs for the final high accuracy figuring of the thin shells. In this paper we present the required tolerances for the shell realization, the shells production chain flow and the ion beam facility up grading. Forecast on figuring time and expected performances of the figuring will also be given on the basis on the metrological data collected during past shell development.
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M. M. Civitani, O. Citterio, M. Ghigo, E. Mattaini, G. Pareschi, and G. Parodi "Thin monolithic glass shells for future high angular resolution and large collecting area x-ray telescope", Proc. SPIE 8884, Optifab 2013, 88841R (15 October 2013); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2028961
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