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Modern Developments in X-Ray and Neutron Optics

  • Alexei Erko
  • Mourad Idir
  • Thomas Krist
  • Alan G. Michette


  • Summarizes current knowledge on neutron and x-ray optics

  • Gives advice on the design of neutron and x-ray optical devices

  • Valuable reference work for researchers, engineers and graduate students alike


Part of the Springer Series in optical science book series (SSOS, volume 137)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Theoretical Approaches and Calculations

    1. Alexei Erko, Mourad Idir, Thomas Krist, Alan G. Michette
      Pages 1-5
    2. Franz Schäfers
      Pages 9-41
    3. János Füzi
      Pages 43-55
    4. Jan Šaroun, J. Kulda
      Pages 57-68
    5. Marion Bowler, Johannes Bahrdt, Oleg Chubar
      Pages 69-90
    6. Stefano Lagomarsino, Inna Bukreeva, Alessia Cedola, Daniele Pelliccia, Werner Jark
      Pages 91-111
    7. F. Ott
      Pages 113-135
    8. Gerd Schneider, Stefan Rehbein, Stephan Werner
      Pages 137-171
  3. Nano-Optics Metrology

    1. Frank Siewert
      Pages 175-179
    2. Amparo Rommeveaux, Muriel Thomasset, Daniele Cocco
      Pages 181-191
    3. Frank Siewert, Heiner Lammert, Thomas Zeschke
      Pages 193-200
    4. Frank Siewert, Heiner Lammert, Thomas Zeschke, Thomas Hänsel, Andreas Nickel, Axel Schindler
      Pages 201-206
    5. Daniele Cocco, Muriel Thomasset
      Pages 207-211
    6. Amparo Rommeveaux, Muriel Thomasset, Daniele Cocco, Frank Siewert
      Pages 213-218
    7. Pascal Mercère, Mourad Idir, Johan Floriot, Xavier Levecq
      Pages 219-232
  4. Refection/Refraction Optics

    1. Anatoly Snigirev, Irina Snigireva
      Pages 255-285
    2. Aniouar Bjeoumikhov, Semfira Bjeoumikhova
      Pages 287-306
    3. Stefano Lagomarsino, Inna Bukreeva, Alessandro Surpi, Alan G. Michette, Slawka J. Pfauntsch, A. Keith Powell
      Pages 307-317

About this book


This volume describes modern developments in reflective, refractive and diffractive optics for short wavelength radiation as well as recent theoretical approaches to modelling and ray-tracing the X-ray and neutron optical systems. It is based on the joint research activities of specialists in X-ray and neutron optics from 11 countries, working together under the framework of the European Programme for Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST, Action P7) in the period 2002--2006. The chapters are written by leading specialists from European laboratories, universities and large facilities. In addition to new ideas and concepts, the contents provide a large amount of practical information about recently implemented devices and methods.


Absorption Monochromator Prism Sensor X-ray design development diffraction imaging machine measurement metrology optics optimization shape optimization

Editors and affiliations

  • Alexei Erko
    • 1
  • Mourad Idir
    • 2
  • Thomas Krist
    • 3
  • Alan G. Michette
    • 4
  1. 1.BESSY GmbHGermany
  2. 2.Synchrotron Soleil L'orme des Merisiers Saint AubinFrance
  3. 3.Hahn-Meitner Institut Berlin GmbHGermany
  4. 4.University of London, King's College LondonUK

About the editors

Alexei Erko received PhD degree in experimental physics (1981) from the Moscow Physical-Engineering Institute, Habilitation in Physics in 1991 and Professor in experimental physics in 1992. From 1978 to 1994 worked as Senior Scientist and later as a Head of Laboratory at the Institute of Solid State Physics and Institute of Microelectronics Technology Russian Academy of Sciences (Chernogolovka). Since 1994 he has a position of Senior Scientist at BESSY GmbH, Berlin, Germany. Research interests include x-ray optics, x-ray holography and synchrotron radiation beamlines design.

Mourad Idir received PhD degree in experimental physics (1994) from the Pierre et Marie Curie University (France). From 1994 to 2000 he worked in several institutions CEA/France and CXRO Berkeley (USA). Since 2001 he has a permanent position of at the CNRS in France. He joined the French synchrotron radiation facility SOLEIL in July 2003 as a leader of the hard x-ray group. Research interests include x-ray optics and synchrotron radiation beamlines design.

Thomas Krist received his PhD degree in experimental physics in 1982 from the Freie Universität Berlin. 1983 he continued his research at the Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada and later at the Hahn-Meitner Institut Berlin. Since 1986 he leads the neutron optics group at the Berlin Neutron Scattering Center (BENSC). Research interests include neutron optics, neutron reflectometry and thin films .

Alan G. Michette obtained his PhD in experimental neutrino physics in 1975 from University College London. After postdoctoral positions at University College and the Rutherford Laboratory, he moved to Queen Elizabeth College London as a Lecturer in physics in 1981, at which point his research interests switched to x-ray science. Following the merger with King’s College London in 1984, and a Humboldt Fellowship at the Max-Planck Institut für Quantenoptik in 1988-89, he was promoted to Reader in Physics in 1989 and Professor of Physics in 2001. His research interests include x-ray optics, including adaptive, diffractive and multilayer systems, and x-ray sources, especially plasma-based sources.

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