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Development of precision hard x-ray multilayer optics with sub-arcminute performance

Koglin, Jason E. and Chen, Hubert C. and Christensen, Finn E. and Chonko, Jim and Craig, William W. and Decker, Todd R. and Jimenez-Garate, Mario A. and Hailey, Charles J. and Harrison, Fiona A. and Jensen, Carsten P. and Sileo, Mike and Windt, David L. and Yu, Haitao (2003) Development of precision hard x-ray multilayer optics with sub-arcminute performance. In: X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Telescopes and Instruments for Astronomy. Proceedings of SPIE. No.4851. Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers , Bellingham, WA, pp. 673-683. ISBN 9780819446305.

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A new generation of hard X-ray telescopes using focusing optics are poised to dramatically improve the sensitivity and angular resolution at energies above 10 keV to levels that were previously unachievable by the past generation of background-limited collimated and coded-aperture instruments. Active balloon programs (HEFT, InFocus), possible Explorer-class satellites, and major X-ray observatories (Constellation-X, XEUS) using focusing optics will play a major role in future observations of a wide range of objects including young supernova remnants, active galactic nuclei, and galaxy clusters. These instruments call for grazing incidence optics coated with depth-graded multilayer films to achieve large collecting areas. To accomplish the ultimate goals of the more advanced satellite missions such as Constellation-X, lightweight and low-cost substrates with angular resolution well below an arcminute must be developed. Recent experimental results will be presented on the development of improved substrates and precision mounting techniques that yield sub-arcminute performance.

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Additional Information:© 2003 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). This technical progress described in this paper could not have been made without the expert and tireless work of our technical staff. In particular, Marcela Stern was essential in defining the slumping techniques. 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 subawards to Columbia: Caltech No. 1019776 (High Energy Focussing Telescope) and Caltech No. 1046806 (Critical Technologies for the Constellation Hard X-Ray Telescope).
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Official Citation:Jason E. Koglin, Hubert C.M. Chen, Finn Erland Christensen, Jim Chonko, William W. Craig, Todd R. Decker, Mario A. Jimenez-Garate, Charles J. Hailey, Fiona A. Harrison, Carsten P. Jensen, Mike Sileo, David L. Windt, Haitao Yu, "Development of precision hard x-ray multilayer optics with sub-arcminute performance", Proc. SPIE 4851, X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Telescopes and Instruments for Astronomy, (11 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.461488;
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