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Experts on X-Ray Optics Meet at Northwestern, Discuss Next-Generation Space Telescopes

On Friday, August 22nd, CIERA hosted a meeting of some of the country’s leading experts in fabricating X-ray mirrors for space-based X-ray telescopes. Organized by Professor Mel Ulmer, thirteen attendees from Goddard Space Flight Center, Harvard/CfA, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Marshall Space Flight Center, MIT, NASA Headquarters, and Northwestern University met to give summaries of each group’s methods for producing high-resolution, lightweight X-ray optics, and to also talk about each lab’s biggest challenges. Finally, they discussed the next steps forward for possibly organizing their efforts, and working towards the next X-ray telescope mission.