Abstract

We investigate the fundamental spatial resolution of an x-ray pore optic as a function of the pore dimensions, the photon energy, and the focal length. We achieve this by calculating the shape of the focal spot, using diffraction integrals such that the half-energy width is determined. Quantitative results are presented for the X-Ray Evolving Universe Spectroscopy (XEUS) telescope, showing that a resolution of better than 2 arc sec half-energy width is possible by use of an optic with pore sizes of approximately 0.5 mm.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

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