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Achievement of a superpolish on bare stainless steel
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We report the achievement of a superpolished surface, suitable for x-ray reflection, on bare stainless steel. The rms roughness obtained on various samples varied from 2.2 to 4.2 angstroms, as measured by an optical profiler with a bandwidth 0.29 - 100 mm-1. The type 17-4 PH precipitation-hardening stainless steel used to make the mirrors is also capable of ultrastability and has good manufacturability. This combination of properties makes it an excellent candidate material for mirror substrates. We describe the successful utilization of this type of steel in making elliptical-cylinder mirrors for a soft-x-ray microprobe system at the Advanced Light Source, and discuss possible reasons for its unusual stability and polishability.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 1997
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3152, Materials, Manufacturing, and Measurement for Synchrotron Radiation Mirrors, (1 November 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.295567
Show Author Affiliations
Malcolm R. Howells, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (United States)
John M. Casstevens, Dallas Optical Systems (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3152:
Materials, Manufacturing, and Measurement for Synchrotron Radiation Mirrors
Peter Z. Takacs; Thomas W. Tonnessen, Editor(s)

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