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Lightweight and high angular resolution x-ray optics for astronomy
Author(s): William W. Zhang
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Paper Abstract

Astronomical observation in the x-ray band (wavelength from ~100 - 0.1 Angstroms) must take place above the atmosphere on a space platform. The most effective means of collecting x-ray photons is with imaging optics. As such lightweight and high angular resolution optics are essential for continued success of x-ray astronomy in coming years and decades. In this paper, I will briefly review the development of x-ray optics for astronomy in the past few decades and outline the technical approaches that we have adopted at the Goddard Space Flight Center for developing lightweight and high resolution x-ray optics to enable small and medium missions that can be implemented in the current decade as well flagship missions that can be implemented in the 2020's.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 May 2011
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8076, EUV and X-Ray Optics: Synergy between Laboratory and Space II, 807602 (4 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.890690
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William W. Zhang, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8076:
EUV and X-Ray Optics: Synergy between Laboratory and Space II
René Hudec; Ladislav Pina, Editor(s)

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