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Title: X‐Ray Interferometry and Space Instrumentation
Authors: Butcher, Gillian
First Published: 17-Oct-2005
Presented at: Women in Physics, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Start Date: 23-May-2005
End Date: 25-May-2005
Citation: AIP Conference Proceedings, 795, 198 (2005); doi: 10.1063/1.2128330
Abstract: In x‐ray astronomy the technique of interferometry has the potential to provide ultra‐high angular resolution imaging of at least 100 μas and possibly 1 μas, which would be good enough to image the event horizon of a black hole. At the University of Leicester we are proposing a practical x‐ray interferometer to give 100 μas angular resolution, which can be built using current x‐ray optics capabilities and existing detector technology. The complete instrument would be about 20 m long and about 2 m in diameter. The key to the design is the use of a slatted mirror to combine the two beams. Simulations and recent measurements of an optical demonstrator have been encouraging.
DOI Link: 10.1063/1.2128330
ISSN: 0094-243X
eISSN: 1551-7616
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Conference Paper
Rights: Copyright © 2005, American Institute of Physics. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
Appears in Collections:Conference Papers & Presentations, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy

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