Dispersion and monochromatization of x-rays using a beryllium prism

Matthias Burza, Henrik Enquist, Andrius Jurgilaitis, Jesper Nygaard, Jörgen Larsson

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We demonstrate experimentally and numerically that an x-ray prism made of beryllium can be used to disperse and monochromatize x-rays. A polished beryllium cuboid was employed as refractive and dispersive optics. The results of a proof-of-principle experiment and methods of performance optimization are presented. The spatial separation of undulator harmonics and their subsequent selection using a slit are described. A numerical study, assuming realistic beam and beamline parameters, suggests that undulator harmonics can be spatially separated in the range from 3 keV to beyond 20 keV, while maintaining throughput above 50%. Refractive optics is particularly suitable for low-repetition-rate sources such as free-electron lasers and other LINAC-based short-pulse sources. (C) 2015 Optical Society of America
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)620-627
JournalOptics Express
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics


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