NuSTAR Hard X-ray Optics

Jason E. Koglin, Finn Erland Christensen, William W. Craig, Todd R. Decker, Charles J. Hailey, Fiona A. Harrison, Colin Hawthorn, Carsten P. Cooper-Jensen, Kristin K. Madsen, Marcela Stern, Gordon Tajiri, Michael D. Taylor

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    The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) is a small explorer (SMEX) mission currently under an extended Phase A study by NASA. NuSTAR will be the first satellite mission to employ focusing optics in the hard X-ray band (8- 80 keV). Its design eliminates high detector backgrounds, allows true imaging, and permits the use of compact high performance detectors. The result: a combination of clarity, sensitivity, and spectral resolution surpassing the largest observatories that have operated in this band by orders of magnitude. We present an overview of the NuSTAR opticsdesign and production process. We also describe the progress of several components of our independent optics development program that are beginning to reach maturity and could possibly be incorporated into the NuSTAR production scheme. We then present environmental test results that are being conducted in preparation of full space qualification of the NuSTAR optics.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationOptics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy II
    EditorsOberto Citterio, Stephen L. O'Dell
    Publication date2005
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    EventOptics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy II - San Diego,CA, United States
    Duration: 1 Jan 2005 → …
    Conference number: 5900


    ConferenceOptics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy II
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CitySan Diego,CA
    Period01/01/2005 → …
    SeriesProc. of SPIE


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