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  • Vol. 20, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 1981
  • pp: 1545–1549

Optimum shape of a Kirkpatrick-Baez x-ray reflector supported at discrete points for on-axis performance

Lester M. Cohen  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 20, Issue 9, pp. 1545-1549 (1981)

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Nested flat plates bent into the Kirkpatrick-Baez parabolic geometry and supported at discrete points are one means of obtaining large area grazing incidence x-ray optics with good angular resolution. A method for optimizing the on-axis resolution combining finite element and ray trace techniques with selective masking is presented. The optimally determined supported point location technique can lead to greatly reduced in situ labor costs.

© 1981 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: December 2, 1980
Published: May 1, 1981

Lester M. Cohen, "Optimum shape of a Kirkpatrick-Baez x-ray reflector supported at discrete points for on-axis performance," Appl. Opt. 20, 1545-1549 (1981)

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