The pace of new x-ray imaging developments has recently intensified, thanks to improvements in the manufacturing quality and precision of our x-ray monochromators.

Examples of the most recent x-ray optics breakthroughs include:

  • Stigmatic x-ray imaging with magnification.
  • Log-spiral monochromators using Bragg reflection and transmission geometries as well as single-point-diamond-turned (SPDT) backings.
  • New off-axis asphere monochromators that improve spatial resolution in exploding laser-fusion targets.

Among the practical applications for these x-ray optics are analytical micro-probes, spectroscopy of plasmas, back-light imaging of exploding fusion targets, and ultra-fast probing of structural changes in materials.

Quality Counts. Producing these new types of X-ray monochromators isn’t easy. These applications require precise control over the quality of surface finishes to accommodate x-ray wavelengths that are about 1,000 times shorter than optical wavelengths.

To learn more about the recent developments in x-ray optics and quality challenges, read our latest white paper, Quality Improvements Enable Emerging X-Ray Imaging Applications. The paper also includes design and specification guidelines.