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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 7 — Apr. 1, 2014
  • pp: 2141–2144

High-efficiency B4C/Mo2C alternate multilayer grating for monochromators in the photon energy range from 0.7 to 3.4  keV

Fadi Choueikani, Bruno Lagarde, Franck Delmotte, Michael Krumrey, Françoise Bridou, Muriel Thomasset, Evgueni Meltchakov, and François Polack  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 7, pp. 2141-2144 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.39.002141


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Abstract

An alternate multilayer (AML) grating has been prepared by coating an ion etched lamellar grating with a B4C/Mo2C multilayer (ML) having a layer thickness close to the groove depth. Such a structure behaves as a 2D synthetic crystal and can reach very high efficiencies when the Bragg condition is satisfied. This AML coated grating has been characterized at the SOLEIL Metrology and Tests Beamline between 0.7 and 1.7 keV and at the four-crystal monochromator beamline of Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) at BESSY II between 1.75 and 3.4 keV. A peak diffraction efficiency of nearly 27% was measured at 2.2 keV. The measured efficiencies are well reproduced by numerical simulations made with the electromagnetic propagation code CARPEM. Such AML gratings, paired with a matched ML mirror, constitute efficient monochromators for intermediate energy photons. They will extend the accessible energy for many applications as x-ray absorption spectroscopy or x-ray magnetic circular dichroism experiments.

© 2014 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(160.4760) Materials : Optical properties
(230.4170) Optical devices : Multilayers
(340.6720) X-ray optics : Synchrotron radiation
(340.7470) X-ray optics : X-ray mirrors
(260.6048) Physical optics : Soft x-rays

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

History
Original Manuscript: January 31, 2014
Revised Manuscript: March 1, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: March 2, 2014
Published: March 31, 2014

Citation
Fadi Choueikani, Bruno Lagarde, Franck Delmotte, Michael Krumrey, Françoise Bridou, Muriel Thomasset, Evgueni Meltchakov, and François Polack, "High-efficiency B4C/Mo2C alternate multilayer grating for monochromators in the photon energy range from 0.7 to 3.4  keV," Opt. Lett. 39, 2141-2144 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-39-7-2141


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