Multilayers as coatings for grazing incidence telescopes have the potential of effectively improving the performance of telescopes coated with high-Z elements. For broad-band high energy (+10 keV) applications the multilayers, called supermirrors, are ideal. In this presentation we present the preliminary results of a feasibility study of a multifocus Kirkpatrick-Baez telescope. We conclude that high quality multilayers can be performed on relevant thin large flat substrate with adequate uniformity, and that existing deposition chambers can produce the multilayers at a rate of 0.42 m2 per day, so that a coating reflectors for a 1200 cm2 aperture telescope would take 8.5 months. The only remaining unanswered question is whether these thin supermirror-coated reflected can be configured to a 2 - 3' tolerance.
Proceedings of Spie, the International Society for Optical Engineering, 1994, Vol 2279, p. 180-189
Mirrors; Multilayers; Performance; Reflection; X rays; Telescopes; A
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Advances in Multilayer and Grazing Incidence X-Ray/EUV/FUV Optics, 1994