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From 1 to m: the development of supermirrors (Invited Paper)
Author(s): Ian S. Anderson
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Paper Abstract

Since the discovery of the total reflection of thermal neutrons more than 40 years ago by Fermi and co-workers, mirror reflection has been successfully applied to neutron beam transport and optics. In order to overcome the limitations of small critical angles of reflection, Mezei and others proposed the use of multilayers, termed supermirrors, designed to increase the angular range of neutron reflection. Since then a certain amount of effort has gone into improving the angular range, reflectivity, and polarization of supermirror devices. This effort has been applied not only to the theoretical design of the multilayer sequence but also to the practical problems of depositing thin films such as uniformity, roughness, and inter- diffusion.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 November 1992
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1738, Neutron Optical Devices and Applications, (23 November 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.130660
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Ian S. Anderson, Institut Laue-Langevin (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1738:
Neutron Optical Devices and Applications
Charles F. Majkrzak; James L. Wood, Editor(s)

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