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R&D program on bimorph mirrors at the ESRF
Author(s): Jean Susini; Danielle R. Labergerie; Olivier Hignette
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Paper Abstract

The very low emittance of new synchrotron sources and the increasing number of micro-focusing applications make the production of highly stable and well defined beams increasingly necessary. The use of flexible mirrors whose curvature can be changed while maintaining a correct figure appeared to be a very attractive solution. For over two years, the ESRF has been developing a new approach which consists of making an X-ray mirror from an active material such as piezoelectric ceramics. With respect to conventional bender this concept, already used in astronomical and laser applications, has the advantages to be mechanics free, very compact and relatively cost effective. This paper presents the status of the ESRF's developments in this field. First, theoretical and technical descriptions of the system are given. Experimental tests of various configurations confirmed the potential of this concept. For example, two 150 mm long bimorph mirrors set into a Kirkpatrick-Baez geometry gave a focused spot of 10 micrometers (vertical) X 20 micrometers (horizontal). Finally, the developments of in-situ control systems (strain gauges, optical devices), necessary to fully exploit the capabilities of these active optics, are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 November 1996
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 2856, Optics for High-Brightness Synchrotron Radiation Beamlines II, (22 November 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.259866
Show Author Affiliations
Jean Susini, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (France)
Danielle R. Labergerie, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (France)
Olivier Hignette, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2856:
Optics for High-Brightness Synchrotron Radiation Beamlines II
Lonny E. Berman; John Arthur, Editor(s)

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