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Modeling of a compound imaging system with a curved monochromator and polycapillary optics
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Paper Abstract

Monochromatic x-ray beams improve image contrast but suffer from low intensity if produced with a flat monochromator crystal. A doubly-curved crystal makes more efficient use of the source. However, the beam shape is not conducive to imaging. A combination of a bent crystal followed by a polycapillary optic can be used to monochromatize and focus x rays to a small spot to perform monochromatic x-ray imaging with good resolution. Ray-tracing simulations have been developed which account for defects in both optics types. A comparison was made to measurements of focal spot sizes, angular divergence, and image quality parameters including resolution and contrast. Simulations support the experimental results that geometric blur is significantly reduced, and resolution enhanced, for magnification imaging with this optic combination.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 September 2014
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9209, Advances in Computational Methods for X-Ray Optics III, 92090O (5 September 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2063309
Show Author Affiliations
Bushra Kanwal, Univ. at Albany (United States)
Alexandru Filip Petrescu, Univ. at Albany (United States)
Tianxi Sun, Beijing Normal Univ. (China)
C. A. MacDonald, Univ. at Albany (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9209:
Advances in Computational Methods for X-Ray Optics III
Manuel Sanchez del Rio; Oleg Chubar, Editor(s)

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