Coatings for the NuSTAR mission

Finn Erland Christensen, Anders Clemen Jakobsen, Nicolai Brejnholt, Kristin K. Madsen, Allan Hornstrup, Niels Jørgen Stenfeldt Westergaard, Joan Momberg, Jason Koglin, Anne M. Fabricant, Marcela Stern, William W. Craig, Michael J. Pivovaroff, David Windt

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The NuSTAR mission will be the first mission to carry a hard X-ray(5-80 keV) focusing telescope to orbit. The optics are based on the use of multilayer coated thin slumped glass. Two different material combinations were used for the flight optics, namely W/Si and Pt/C. In this paper we describe the entire coating effort including the final coating design that was used for the two flight optics. We also present data on the performance verification of the coatings both on Si witness samples as well as on individual flight mirrors.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of SPIE--the international society for optical engineering
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)81470U-19
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventOptics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy V - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 23 Aug 201125 Aug 2011


ConferenceOptics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy V
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Internet address


  • Multilayer coatings
  • NuSTAR
  • Hard X-ray optics
  • Calibration
  • Slumped glass

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