X-ray telescope for sounding rocket-borne observations

Agrawal, P. C. ; Garmire, G. P. ; Riegler, G. R. ; Tuohy, I. R. (1976) X-ray telescope for sounding rocket-borne observations SPIE Proceedings, 93 . pp. 113-118. ISSN 0277-786X

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The X-ray astronomy group at Caltech has developed an X-ray telescope for sounding rocket-borne observations above the earth's atmosphere. The telescope consists of a pair of nested aluminum mirrors, 40.64 cm and 31.65 cm in diameter with a total geometrical collecting area of 200 sq cm. The mirror surfaces have been machined at the Y-12 plant of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory using an air bearing spindle lathe and a diamond tool. Design and performance characteristics are presented. The design of the next generation telescope of 91 cm diameter is discussed.

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Keywords:Rocket-Borne Instruments; Sounding Rockets; X Ray Astronomy; X Ray Telescopes; Design Analysis; Mirrors; Reflecting Telescopes
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