High-Resolution Detector for At-Wavelength Metrology of X-Ray Optics

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$749,956.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX12CA83C
Agency Tracking Number:
105074
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
S2.05
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.
MA, Watertown, MA, 02472-4699
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
073804411
Principal Investigator:
Vivek Nagarkar
Principal Investigator
(617) 668-6801
vnagarkar@rmdinc.com
Business Contact:
Nancy Marshall
Business Official
(617) 668-6810
NMarshall@RMDInc.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Since the launch of the first X-ray focusing telescope in 1963, the development of grazing incidence X-ray optics has been crucial to the development of the field of X-ray astronomy. The recent Decadal Survey also highlights the important contribution that X-ray astronomy can make in addressing some of the most pressing scientific questions about black holes, cosmology and the ebb and flow of energy and matter in the evolving universe, and recognizes the research needed to mature the key enabling technology of X-ray optics. The proposed development directly addresses this need by providing a unique detector designed specifically to support the development of the next generation of X-ray telescopes, which will allow researchers and engineers to characterize such X-ray telescopes with high accuracy, and thereby optimize their performance and best utilize their gathered data. By the end of the Phase II program we will have developed a fully calibrated detector ready for use at various facilities, including NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) and other NASA-funded research centers such as the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Columbia University. The estimated technology readiness levels (TRLs) at the beginning and end of the Phase II contract are 5 and 6, respectively.

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