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  • Vol. 27, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 1988
  • pp: 1430–1432

Diamond-turned lacquer-coated soft x-ray telescope mirrors

John A. Nousek, Gordon P. Garmire, Richard J. Pipetti, D. N. Burrows, W. H.-M. Ku, and K. S. K. Lum  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 27, Issue 8, pp. 1430-1432 (1988)

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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)

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  1. K. S. K. Lum, “Broad Band Imaging with an Imaging Gas Scintillation Proportional Counter,” Ph.D. Thesis, Columbia U. (1987), p. 12.
  2. C. J. Hailey, W. H.-M. Ku, M. H. Vartanian, “An Imaging Gas Scintillation Proportional Counter for Use in X-ray Astronomy,” Nucl. Methods 213, 397 (1983). [CrossRef]

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