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New materials for high-energy-resolution x-ray optics

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 June 2017

Hasan Yavaş
Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron, Germany;
John P. Sutter
Diamond Light Source Ltd., UK;
Thomas Gog
Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, USA;
Hans-Christian Wille
Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron, Germany;
Alfred Q.R. Baron
RIKEN SPring-8 Center, Japan;
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The use of crystals other than silicon for x-ray optics is becoming more common for many challenging experiments such as resonant inelastic x-ray scattering and nuclear resonant scattering. As more—and more specialized—spectrometers become available at many synchrotron radiation facilities, interest in pushing the limits of experimental energy resolution has increased. The potentially large improvements in resolution and efficiency that nonsilicon optics offer are beginning to be realized. This article covers the background and state of the art for nonsilicon crystal optics with a focus on a resolution of 10 meV or better, concentrating on compounds that form trigonal crystals, including sapphire, quartz, and lithium niobate, rather than the more conventional cubic materials, including silicon, diamond, and germanium.

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