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High-Z crystals for gamma-ray optics
Author(s): J. Rousselle; P. von Ballmoos; N. Barrière; N. V. Abrosimov; P. Bastie; G. Bonnetto; T. Camus; P. Courtois; M. Jentschel; E. Lecomte; E. Rivière; G. Roudil
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Paper Abstract

In a Laue lens a large number of crystals are disposed on concentric rings such as they diffract via Braggdiffraction the incident gamma-rays onto a common focal spot. Compact structured high-Z mosaic-crystals are among the most efficient diffraction media for the domain of nuclear astrophysics (i.e. 300 keV ≤ E ≤ 1.5 MeV). We have studied the potential of various high-Z crystals such as Ir, W, Au, Ag, Pt, Rh and AsGa for a Laue lens application. The diffraction performance of gold, silver and platinum crystals have been measured during runs at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility and in a reactor-beamline at the Institut Laue Langevin, Grenoble in France. Several of the tested high-Z materials show outstanding performances with reflectivities reaching the theoretical limits for mosaic-crystals, and hence open the way towards efficient focusing optics at MeV energies.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 August 2009
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7437, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy IV, 74370L (31 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.825245
Show Author Affiliations
J. Rousselle, CESR, UPS, Univ. of Toulouse (France)
UMR 5187, CNRS (France)
P. von Ballmoos, CESR, UPS, Univ. of Toulouse (France)
UMR 5187, CNRS (France)
N. Barrière, INAF-IASF (Italy)
N. V. Abrosimov, IKZ (Germany)
P. Bastie, LSP (France)
G. Bonnetto, Thales Alenia Space (France)
T. Camus, CESR, UPS, Univ. of Toulouse (France)
UMR 5187, CNRS (France)
P. Courtois, ILL (France)
M. Jentschel, ILL (France)
E. Lecomte, CESR, UPS, Univ. of Toulouse (France)
UMR 5187, CNRS (France)
E. Rivière, Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France)
G. Roudil, CESR, UPS, Univ. of Toulouse (France)
CNRS (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7437:
Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy IV
Stephen L. O'Dell; Giovanni Pareschi, Editor(s)

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