Tunable Narrow-Band High Harmonic Beamline Optimized for Ultrafast Soft X-Ray Photoemission and Imaging

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-11ER90214
Agency Tracking Number: 97180
Amount: $149,770.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: 17 a
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0000413
Small Business Information
1855 S 57th Ct, Boulder, CO, 80301-2811
DUNS: 160115093
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Xiaoshi Zhang
 (303) 544-9068
Business Contact
 Sterling Backus
Title: Dr.
Phone: (303) 544-9068
Email: sbackus@kmlabs.com
Research Institution
X-rays, by virtue of their short wavelength, are ideal probes of surfaces, nanostructures and materials. X-rays can image small objects, penetrate thick samples, while the presence of elemental absorption edges in the soft x-ray region allows element and chemical-specific spectroscopy and imaging. There currently exists no commercially available compact soft x-ray source which is appropriately narrow-band for spectroscopy and tunable over a wide wavelength range. Further, existing x-ray monochromators suffer from high dispersion. In this Phase I project, we propose to design a soft x-ray beamline that will make it possible to take bright soft x-ray supercontinuum x-rays at high repetition rates (1 100 kHz and above) and produce a tunable, narrow-band, soft x-ray source tunable over a broad region of the soft x-ray spectrum. We will design a soft x-ray monochromator that will be dispersion compensated to as to retain the short-pulsed nature of high harmonic generation while restricting it to a tunable narrow band suitable for spectroscopy and coherent imaging.Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: The beamline developed in this project will be suitable for use in materials studies, semiconductor manufacturing, and biotechnology

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