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X-Ray Microprobe Studies Using Multilayer Focussing Optics

  • A.C. Thompson (a1), J.H. Underwood (a1), Y. Wu (a1), R.D. Giauque (a1), M.L. Rivers (a2) and R. Futernick (a3)...


The availability of intense x-rays from synchrotron radiation sources permits the elemental analysis of samples in new ways. An x-ray microprobs using these sources allows the analysis of much smaller samples with greatly improved elemental sensitivity. In addition to the higher x-ray intensity obtained at synchrotron sources, the development of high efficiency x-ray reflectors using multilayer coated optical mirrors permits the achievement of spot sizes of less than 10 μm x 10 μm with enough x-ray intensity to simultaneously measure femtogram quantities of many elements in less than one minute. Since samples to be studied in an x-ray microprobe do not have to be placed in a vacuum, almost any sample can be conveniently analyzed. With an x-ray microprobe it is possible to obtain elemental distributions of elements in one, two or even three dimensions.



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