A Test Facility For Astronomical X-Ray Optics

R. A. Lewis, J. Bordas, Finn Erland Christensen

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Grazing incidence x-ray optics for x-ray astronomical applications are used outside the earths atmosphere. These devices require a large collection aperture and the imaging of an x-ray source which is essentially placed at infinity. The ideal testing system for these optical elements has to approximate that encountered under working conditions, however the testing of these optical elements is notoriously difficult with conventional x-ray generators. Synchrotron Radiation (SR) sources are sufficiently brilliant to produce a nearly perfect parallel beam over a large area whilst still retaining a flux considerably higher than that available from conventional x-ray generators. A facility designed for the testing of x-ray optics, particularly in connection with x-ray telescopes is described below. It is proposed that this facility will be accommodated at the Synchrotron Radiation Source at the Daresbury Laboratory in the U.K.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering
Pages (from-to)500-506
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 1989
Event33rd Annual Technical Symposium: X-Ray/EUV Optics for Astronomy and Microscopy - San Diego, United States
Duration: 7 Aug 198911 Aug 1989
Conference number: 33


Conference33rd Annual Technical Symposium
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego

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