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
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)