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X-ray optics at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility
Author(s): Andreas K. Freund
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Paper Abstract

The European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble, France is the first one of the third- generation high-energy storage ring sources in the world and has been in operation for three years. It provides x-ray beams of unprecedented quality in an energy range from hundred eV to several hundred keV. In order to fully exploit the source quality adequate x-ray beamline optics are needed that can cope with not only the very low emittance but also the extremely high brilliance involving severe heat load. The strategies and the solutions of x-ray optics research and development at the ESRF that started seven years ago are described. The results of first experience gathered during more than two years of beamline operation on the performances of mirrors, single crystal monochromators, and multilayer structures exposed to these very powerful x-ray beams are presented, together with their mechanical supports for bending, cooling, and alignment. New developments like Bragg-Fresnel optics for microfocusing, x-ray phase plates for polarization studies, adaptive optics, cryogenic cooling, diamond crystals, and other relevant optics materials are included, too. It is shown that today the x-ray optics developed for the ESRF are capable of preserving the high quality of the x-ray beams, a result that was not clear at all a few years ago.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 June 1995
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 2515, X-Ray and Extreme Ultraviolet Optics, (20 June 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.212611
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Andreas K. Freund, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2515:
X-Ray and Extreme Ultraviolet Optics
Richard B. Hoover; Arthur B. C. Walker, Editor(s)

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