X-ray astronomy has reached sufficient maturity to demand at least moderate angular resolution light-gathering telescopes to accompany detector development. Keeping the cost of such telescopes within the budget of low-cost flight opportunities such as sounding rockets and SPARTAN missions is a substantial challenge. We have developed a program of precision diamond mirror turning, mechanical polishing, lacquer coating, and metal deposition which produces x-ray telescopes with minute of arc angular resolution at moderate cost. We describe the process and report calibration results for a 80 cm (31.4 in.) diam Wolter I telescope flown aboard an Aries sounding rocket.
© 1988 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: September 15, 1987
Published: April 15, 1988
John A. Nousek, Gordon P. Garmire, Richard J. Pipetti, D. N. Burrows, W. H.-M. Ku, and K. S. K. Lum, "Diamond-turned lacquer-coated soft x-ray telescope mirrors," Appl. Opt. 27, 1430-1432 (1988)