Advanced zone plate microfocusing optics

B. Lai*, W. Yun, J. Maser, Z. Cai, W. Rodrigues, D. Legnini, Z. Chen, A. A. Krasnoperova, Y. Vladimirsky, F. Cerrina, E. Di Fabrizio, M. Gentili

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Fresnel zone plates (ZP) have gained popularity as the optics of choice for advanced microfocusing applications. The main virtues of ZP are high resolution, high efficiency, low background, coherence preservation, and ample working distance. Zone plates are also unique because they are a normal incidence x-ray optics, which are much easier to align and use compared to other grazing incidence optics. We will report here recent progress that has drastically enhanced the performance of ZPs in 1) higher spatial resolution, 2) higher focusing efficiency, and 3) extension to higher energies. With these new developments, zone plates have proven to be one of the best microfocusing optics for monochromatic x-ray beams.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-136
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes
EventX-Ray Microfocusing: Applications and Techniques - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Jul 22 1998Jul 23 1998


  • Fresnel zone plates
  • Microfocusing
  • X-ray optics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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