Rapid and Accurate Assembly Method for a New Laue Lens Prototype

Colin Wade, Nicolas Barriere, Lorraine Hanlon, Steven E. Boggs, Nicolai F. Brejnholt, Sonny Massahi, John A. Tomsick, Peter von Ballmoos

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The Laue lens is a technology for gamma-ray astrophysics whereby gamma-rays of particular energies can be focused by a suitable arrangement of crystals. The Laue lens assembly station at UC Berkeley was used to build a technological demonstrator addressing the key issues of crystal mounting speed, crystal position and orientation accuracy, and crystal reflectivity. The new prototype is a lens segment containing a total of 48 5 x 5 mm2 crystals - 36 Iron and 12 Aluminium. The segment is composed of 8 partial rings, each of which is aligned to diffract an energy between 95 and 130 keV from a source at 12.5m with a focal length of 1.5 m.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE
Number of pages10
PublisherSPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication date2015
Article number960309
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventOptics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy VII: Conference 9603 - San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, United States
Duration: 10 Aug 201513 Aug 2015


ConferenceOptics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy VII
LocationSan Diego Convention Center
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego
SeriesProceedings of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering

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  • Telescope
  • Laue lens
  • Soft Gamma-rays
  • Crystals
  • Diffraction
  • Focusing optics
  • Technological development

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