Generation-X mirror technology development plan and the development of adjustable x-ray optics

Paul B. Reid, William Davis, Stephen O'dell, Daniel A. Schwartz, Susan Trolier-Mckinstry, Rudeger H.T. Wilke, William Zhang

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Abstract

Generation-X is being studied as an extremely high resolution, very large area grazing incidence x-ray telescope. Under a NASA Advanced Mission Concepts Study, we have developed a technology plan designed to lead to the 0.1 arcsec (HPD) resolution adjustable optics with 50 square meters of effective area necessary to meet Generation-X requirements. We describe our plan in detail. In addition, we report on our development activities of adjustable grazing incidence optics via the fabrication of bimorph mirrors. We have successfully deposited thin-film piezo-electric material on the back surface of thin glass mirrors. We report on the electrical and mechanical properties of the bimorph mirrors. We also report on initial finite element modeling of adjustable grazing incidence mirrors; in particular, we examine the impact of how the mirrors are supported - the boundary conditions - on the deformations which can be achieved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOptics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy IV
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 18 2009
EventOptics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy IV - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 4 2009Aug 6 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume7437
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

Other

OtherOptics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy IV
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period8/4/098/6/09

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Reid, P. B., Davis, W., O'dell, S., Schwartz, D. A., Trolier-Mckinstry, S., Wilke, R. H. T., & Zhang, W. (2009). Generation-X mirror technology development plan and the development of adjustable x-ray optics. In Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy IV [74371F] (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 7437). https://doi.org/10.1117/12.830858