Metalized polyimide filters for x-ray astronomy and other applications

Forbes R. Powell, Ritva A.M. Keski-Kuha, Martin V. Zombeck, Richard E. Goddard, George Chartas, Leisa K. Townsley, Eberhard Möbius, John M. Davis, Glenn M. Mason

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Filters fabricated from metalized polyimide have been specified for a number of x-ray astronomy missions, including the Advanced X-ray Astrophysics Facility (AXAF), the X-Ray Spectrometer (XRS) on Astro-E, the Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE), and the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES). Polyimide offers greater strength, improved temperature stability, and effectiveness in blocking unwanted ultraviolet radiation compared to polymeric films previously employed. This paper reviews the various x-ray astronomy missions and the particular challenges that were met with polyimide filters. The paper also reviews the development of free standing thin foils of polyimide with mechanical properties optimized for x-ray astronomy and other applications, such as synchrotron research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)432-440
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 1997
EventGrazing Incidence and Multilayer X-Ray Optical Systems - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Jul 27 1997Jul 29 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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