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Experimental Astronomy

, Volume 20, Issue 1–3, pp 85–92 | Cite as

Replicated Nickel Optics for the Hard-X-Ray Region

  • Brian D. RamseyEmail author
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Abstract

Replicated nickel optics has been used extensively in x-ray astronomy, most notably for the XMM/Newton mission. The combination of relative ease of fabrication and the inherent stability of full-shell optics, make them an attractive approach for medium-resolution, high-throughput applications. MSFC has been developing these optics for use in the hard-x-ray region. Efforts at improving their angular resolution, particularly for the very-thin-wall shells required to meet the weight budgets of future missions, are described together with the prospects for future significant improvements.

Key words

Replicated X-ray astronomy x-ray optics 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, B.V. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NASA/Marshall Space Flight CenterHuntsvilleUSA

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