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Optics Express

  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 7, Iss. 4 — Aug. 14, 2000
  • pp: 178–185

Development of Thermally Formed Glass Optics for Astronomical Hard X-ray Telescopes

William W. Craig, Charles J. Hailey, Mario Jimenez-Garate, David L. Windt, Fiona A. Harrison, Peter H. Mao, Finn E. Christensen, and Ahsen M. Hussain  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 7, Issue 4, pp. 178-185 (2000)

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The next major observational advance in hard X-ray/soft gamma-ray astrophysics will come with the implementation of telescopes capable of focusing 10–200 keV radiation. Focusing allows high signal-to-noise imaging and spectroscopic observations of many sources in this band for the first time. The recent development of depth-graded multilayer coatings has made the design of telescopes for this bandpass practical, however the ability to manufacture inexpensive substrates with appropriate surface quality and figure to achieve sub-arcminute performance has remained an elusive goal. In this paper, we report on new, thermally-formed glass micro-sheet optics capable of meeting the requirements of the next-generation of astronomical hard X-ray telescopes.

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OCIS Codes
(340.0340) X-ray optics : X-ray optics
(340.7440) X-ray optics : X-ray imaging
(340.7470) X-ray optics : X-ray mirrors

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Original Manuscript: June 23, 2000
Published: August 14, 2000

William Craig, Charles Hailey, Mario Jimenez-Garate, David Windt, Fiona Harrison, Peter Mao, Finn Christensen, and Ahsen Hussain, "Development of thermally formed glass optics for astronomical hard X-ray telescopes," Opt. Express 7, 178-185 (2000)

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