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NuSTAR hard x-ray optics

Koglin, Jason E. and Christensen, Finn E. and Craig, William W. and Decker, Todd R. and Hailey, Charles J. and Harrison, Fiona A. and Hawthorn, Colin and Jensen, Carsten P. and Madsen, Kristin K. and Stern, Marcela and Tajiri, Gordon and Taylor, Michael D. (2005) NuSTAR hard x-ray optics. In: Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy II. Proceedings of SPIE. No.5900. Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 59000X.

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The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) is a small explorer (SMEX) mission currently under an extended Phase A study by NASA. NuSTAR will be the first satellite mission to employ focusing optics in the hard X-ray band (8-80 keV). Its design eliminates high detector backgrounds, allows true imaging, and permits the use of compact high performance detectors. The result: a combination of clarity, sensitivity, and spectral resolution surpassing the largest observatories that have operated in this band by orders of magnitude. We present an overview of the NuSTAR optics design and production process. We also describe the progress of several components of our independent optics development program that are beginning to reach maturity and could possibly be incorporated into the NuSTAR production scheme. We then present environmental test results that are being conducted in preparation of full space qualification of the NuSTAR optics.

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Additional Information:© 2005 SPIE. This work is supported by a NASA grant to Columbia University: NAG5-5260 (Thermally Formed Optics for X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Astronomy), and by NASA grants to the California Institute of Technology with sub-awards to Columbia: Caltech No. 1019776 (High Energy Focusing Telescope) and Caltech No. 1046806 (Critical Technologies for the Constellation Hard X-Ray Telescope).
Group:NuSTAR, Space Radiation Laboratory
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Subject Keywords:Hard X-ray telescope, X-ray optics, segmented glass, thermally-slumped, HEFT, NuSTAR
Series Name:Proceedings of SPIE
Issue or Number:5900
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Official Citation:Jason E. Koglin, Finn E. Christensen, William W. Craig, Todd R. Decker, Charles J. Hailey, Fiona A. Harrison, Colin Hawthorn, Carsten P. Jensen, Kristin K. Madsen, Marcela Stern, Gordon Tajiri, Michael D. Taylor, "NuSTAR hard x-ray optics", Proc. SPIE 5900, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy II, 59000X (1 September 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.618601;
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