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The Smart Focal Planes (SmartFP) activity is a European Joint Research Activity funded to develop novel optical technologies for future large telescope instrumentation (2). In this paper, we will discuss the image slicer developments being carried out as part of this initiative. Image slicing techniques have many applications in the plans for(More)
A large-scale, double-stream gas puff target has been illuminated by sub-kJ, near-infrared (NIR) focused laser pulses at the PALS facility (Prague Asterix Laser System) to produce high-energy pulses of soft X rays from hot, dense plasma. The double-puff arrangement ensures high gas density and conversion efficiency from NIR to X rays approaching that(More)
Compound refractive lenses (CRL), consisting of a lot number in-line concave microlenses made of low-Z material were studied. Lenses with focal length 109 mm and 41 mm for 8-keV X-rays, microfocus X-ray tube and X-ray CCD camera were used in experiments. Obtained images show intensity distribution of magnified microfocus X-ray source focal spot. Within the(More)
A high-resolution CCD X-ray camera based on YAG:Ce or LuAG:Ce thin scintillators is presented. The high resolution in low energy X-ray radiation is quantified with several test objects. The achieved spatial resolution of the images is <1 microm. The objects used for imaging are grids and small animals with parts of several microns in extent. The(More)
In this paper we present the results of investigations of a wide band soft X-ray source and a lobster eye optic specially designed for collecting radiation of the source. Soft X-rays in the wavelength range from about 3 nm to 20 nm were produced as a result of irradiation of a doublestream gas puff target with laser pulses of energy 0.8 J and time duration(More)
During the past years, the experience gained with the TESLA Test Facility FEL resulted in several changes of its design. In addition, as the FEL is developed further to become a user facility during 2003, more details of future development of the FEL and the complete experimental hall for the users is taking shape. In this contribution, some of the aspects(More)
X-ray reconstructive computer tomography (RCT) is a highly effective method of radiation NDT, combining advantages of physics and informatics. Traditional X-ray screening and computational mathematics together with digital technique solve introscopy problems. The basis of X-ray RCT is a detailed inner spatial structure reconstruction of the tested object.(More)
The future space X-ray astronomy imaging missions require very large collecting areas at still fine angular resolution and reasonable weight. The novel substrates for X-ray mirrors such as Silicon wafers and thin thermally formed glass enable wide applications of precise and very light weight (volume densities 2.3 to 2.5 gcm) optics. The recent status of(More)
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