Note: Soft X-ray transmission polarizer based on ferromagnetic thin films

L. Müller, G. Hartmann, S. Schleitzer, M. H. Berntsen, M. Walther, R. Rysov, W. Roseker, F. Scholz, J. Seltmann, L. Glaser, J. Viefhaus, K. Mertens, K. Bagschik, R. Frömter, A. De Fanis, I. Shevchuk, K. Medjanik, G. Öhrwall, H. P. Oepen, M. MartinsM. Meyer, G. Grübel

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A transmission polarizer for producing elliptically polarized soft X-ray radiation from linearly polarized light is presented. The setup is intended for use at synchrotron and free-electron laser beamlines that do not directly offer circularly polarized light for, e.g., X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) measurements or holographic imaging. Here, we investigate the degree of ellipticity upon transmission of linearly polarized radiation through a cobalt thin film. The experiment was performed at a photon energy resonant to the Co L3-edge, i.e., 778 eV, and the polarization of the transmitted radiation was determined using a polarization analyzer that measures the directional dependence of photo electrons emitted from a gas target. Elliptically polarized radiation can be created at any absorption edge showing the XMCD effect by using the respective magnetic element.

Original languageEnglish
Article number036103
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Mar 1

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  • Accelerator Physics and Instrumentation


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