A prototype of a highly adjustable Kirkpatrick-Baez (KB) microscope has been designed, built, and tested in a number of laser driven x-ray experiments using the high power (200 TW) VEGA-2 laser system of the Spanish Centre for Pulsed Lasers (CLPU). The presented KB version consists of two, perpendicularly mounted, 500 μm thick silicon wafers, coated with a layer of platinum, a few tens of nanometers thick. Unlike the usual millimeter thick glass substrate, this design allows for a larger bending flexibility and large adjustment range. According to simulations, this KB microscope offers broadband multikiloelectron volt reflection spectra (1 eV–20 keV), allowing more spectral tunability than conventional Bragg crystals. In addition to be vacuum compatible, this prototype is characterized by a relatively small size (21 cm × 31 cm × 27 cm) and permits remote control and modification both of the radii of curvature (down to 10 m) and of the grazing incidence angle (up to 60 mrad). A few examples of focusing performance tests and experimental results are discussed.
Development of an adjustable Kirkpatrick-Baez microscope for laser driven x-ray sources
G. Zeraouli, G. Gatti, A. Longman, J. A. Pérez-Hernández, D. Arana, D. Batani, K. Jakubowska, L. Volpe, L. Roso, R. Fedosejevs; Development of an adjustable Kirkpatrick-Baez microscope for laser driven x-ray sources. Rev. Sci. Instrum. 1 June 2019; 90 (6): 063704. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5091103
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