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  • Vol. 27, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 1988
  • pp: 1398–1403

Grazing incidence optics for the U.S. High-Resolution X-Ray Astronomy Program

Leon P. Van Speybroeck  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 27, Issue 8, pp. 1398-1403 (1988)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.27.001398


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Abstract

The major telescopes in this program are the one flown on the Einstein or HEAO-B satellite in 1978 and the one planned for the AXAF which should be launched in late 1995. The x-ray performance of the Einstein mirror is reviewed briefly, and its surface properties are inferred from a combination of its x-ray properties and the information available from the limited fabrication metrology of that era. The improvements necessary for satisfying the AXAF specification are summarized. Much of this technology already has been demonstrated in the TMA program, and this progress is reviewed.

© 1988 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: October 26, 1987
Published: April 15, 1988

Citation
Leon P. Van Speybroeck, "Grazing incidence optics for the U.S. High-Resolution X-Ray Astronomy Program," Appl. Opt. 27, 1398-1403 (1988)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-27-8-1398


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