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Iridium optical constants from x-ray transmission measurements over 2 to 12 keV
Author(s): Bernard Harris; Dale E. Graessle; Jonathan J. Fitch; Jiahong Zhang Juda; Richard L. Blake; Mark L. Schattenburg; Eric M. Gullikson
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Paper Abstract

Precise transmission measurements of free standing iridium foils and of iridium coatings supported on thin polyimide film have been made at the X8 beamline of the National Synchrotron Light Source, at energies from 2 to 12 keV. These measurements were conducted to provide iridium optical constants in support of NASA's Advanced X-ray Astrophysics Facility (AXAF). Transmission data were collected at small energy increments across iridium M and L absorption edges to study detailed edge structures. From these data, the imaginary components of the index of refraction were computed. The data also allows computation of the real parts, using the Kramers-Kronig dispersion integral. Preliminary results indicate a measurement accuracy of better than one percent for transmission. Absorption coefficients deviate by varying amounts from values predicted from Henke data table, which is consistent with the accuracy claimed for those table.s Nonuniform thickness in our iridium foils may be a source of errors in our analysis and improved foils are being sought. Additional measurements will also be needed with foils of different thickness to account and correct for possible effects of sample thickness on the determination of absorption edge fine structure. To our knowledge, transmission measurements of this degree of accuracy and precision have not been previously reported in the literature for iridium in the 2- 12 keV energy range.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 July 1996
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2805, Multilayer and Grazing Incidence X-Ray/EUV Optics III, (19 July 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.245109
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Bernard Harris, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Dale E. Graessle, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Jonathan J. Fitch, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Jiahong Zhang Juda, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Richard L. Blake, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Mark L. Schattenburg, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Eric M. Gullikson, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2805:
Multilayer and Grazing Incidence X-Ray/EUV Optics III
Richard B. Hoover; Arthur B. C. Walker, Editor(s)

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