A New Paradigm for X-ray Optics Nanopositioning

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,857.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
95234
Agency Tracking Number:
94337
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
18 a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1025 West Vernon Park Place, Unit A, Chicago, IL, 60607
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
828626221
Principal Investigator:
ThomasRoyston
Dr.
(312) 413-7951
troyston@uic.edu
Business Contact:
ThomasRoyston
Dr.
(312) 413-7951
troyston@uic.edu
Research Institute:
Argonne National Laboratory
John Quintana
9700 South Cass Avenue
Bldg 401
Argonne, IL, 60439
(630) 252-6716

Abstract
High resolution X-ray microscopy using synchrotron radiation is a key scientific technique in materials research that has provided insight into the atomic structure of bulk materials, surfaces, interfaces, nanoparticles, nanostructures, and nanodomains. Such detailed understanding into the characterization and behavior of matter allows scientists and engineers to design materials with longer fatigue lives, higher strengths, and better wear characteristics. A better understanding of materials results in more efficient use of those materials: more effective materials usage in automobile manufacture, more capable semiconductor devices for the IT revolution, and more efficient catalysts for fuel cells, for example. DOE synchrotrons serve a user community of academic, government, and industrial users. The Advanced Photon Source alone serves over 5000 scientists. At these facilities, the need for nanometer resolution X-ray microscopes continues to grow, as does the desire for higher resolution probes. While novel X-ray optics are being developed that will be able to focus an X-ray beam to nanometer spot sizes, state of the art positioning systems are not capable of the corresponding subnanometer resolution necessary to position the optics or samples to take advantage of this. We are addressing this need by developing an X-ray optic positioning system with subnanometer resolution. This problem will be addressed by developing a positioning system built around a novel type of parallel kinematics, multi-axis flexure based stage

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