Progress in development of adjustable optics for x-ray astronomy

Vincenzo Cotroneo, Casey T. DeRoo, Thomas N. Jackson, Vladimir Kradinov, Tianning Liu, Vanessa Marquez, Paul B. Reid, Daniel A. Schwartz, Eric D. Schwartz, Mohit Tendulkar, Susan Trolier-McKinstry, Julian Walker

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Adjustable X-ray optics is the technology under study by SAO and PSU for the realization of the proposed X-ray telescope Lynx. The technology is based on thin films of lead-zirconate-titanate (PZT) deposited on the back of thermally formed thin substrates, and represents a potential solution to the challenging trade-off between high-surface quality and low mass, that limits the performance of current generation of X-ray telescopes. The technology enables the correction of mirror fabrication figure, mounting induced distortions, and on-orbit correction for variations in the mirror thermal environment. We describe the current state of development, presenting updated test data, anticipation of performances and expectations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdaptive X-Ray Optics V
EditorsDaniele Spiga, Hidekazu Mimura, Daniele Spiga
ISBN (Electronic)9781510620933
StatePublished - 2018
EventAdaptive X-Ray Optics V 2018 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Aug 21 2018 → …

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


OtherAdaptive X-Ray Optics V 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period8/21/18 → …

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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