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Integrated Control Electronics for Adjustable X-Ray Optics

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The goal of the proposed program is to enable increased angular resolution and collection areas for future major X-ray observatories by incorporating improved figure control of the mirror surfaces. Current X-ray telescopes are limited by inabilities to prepare perfect surfaces. This project will utilize thin film electro-mechanical actuators that allow the mirror surfaces to be adjusted after fabrication. In addition, we will incorporate electronics directly on the actuator to simplify control of individual cells and increase system fault tolerance. This will significantly reduce system complexity and greatly enhance the feasibility of adjustable X-ray optics. More »

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