Toward large-area sub-arcsecond X-ray telescopes

Stephen L. O'Dell*, Thomas L. Aldcroft, Ryan Allured, Carolyn Atkins, David N. Burrows, Jian Cao, Brandon D. Chalifoux, Kai Wing Chan, Vincenzo Cotroneo, Ronald F. Elsner, Michael E. Graham, Mikhail V. Gubarev, Ralf K. Heilmann, Raegan L. Johnson-Wilke, Kiranmayee Kilaru, Jeffery J. Kolodziejczak, Charles F. Lillie, Stuart McMuldroch, Brian D. Ramsey, Paul B. ReidRaul E. Riveros, Jacqueline M. Roche, Timo T. Saha, Mark L. Schattenburg, Daniel A. Schwartz, Susan E. Trolier-McKinstry, Melville P. Ulmer, Semyon Vaynman, Alexey Vikhlinin, Xiaoli Wang, Martin C. Weisskopf, Rudeger H.T. Wilke, William W. Zhang

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Abstract

The future of x-ray astronomy depends upon development of x-ray telescopes with larger aperture areas (≊ 3 m2) and fine angular resolution (≊ 1″). Combined with the special requirements of nested grazing-incidence optics, the mass and envelope constraints of space-borne telescopes render such advances technologically and programmatically challenging. Achieving this goal will require precision fabrication, alignment, mounting, and assembly of large areas (≊ 600 m2) of lightweight (≊ 1 kg/m2 areal density) high-quality mirrors at an acceptable cost (≊ 1 M$/m2 of mirror surface area). This paper reviews relevant technological and programmatic issues, as well as possible approaches for addressing these issues - including active (in-space adjustable) alignment and figure correction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdaptive X-Ray Optics III
EditorsStephen L. O'Dell, Ali M. Khounsary
PublisherSPIE
ISBN (Electronic)9781628412352
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
EventAdaptive X-Ray Optics III - San Diego, United States
Duration: Aug 17 2014 → …

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume9208
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X

Other

OtherAdaptive X-Ray Optics III
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period8/17/14 → …

Keywords

  • Active optics
  • Differential deposition
  • Electro-active devices
  • Ion implantation
  • Magneto-active devices
  • Silicon mirrors
  • Slumped-glass mirrors
  • X-ray optics
  • X-ray telescopes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    O'Dell, S. L., Aldcroft, T. L., Allured, R., Atkins, C., Burrows, D. N., Cao, J., Chalifoux, B. D., Chan, K. W., Cotroneo, V., Elsner, R. F., Graham, M. E., Gubarev, M. V., Heilmann, R. K., Johnson-Wilke, R. L., Kilaru, K., Kolodziejczak, J. J., Lillie, C. F., McMuldroch, S., Ramsey, B. D., ... Zhang, W. W. (2014). Toward large-area sub-arcsecond X-ray telescopes. In S. L. O'Dell, & A. M. Khounsary (Eds.), Adaptive X-Ray Optics III [920805] (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 9208). SPIE. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2061882