Mosaic and gradient SiGe single crystals for gamma ray Laue lenses

  • N. V. AbrosimovEmail author


Both Ge1−x Six mosaic crystals and Si1−x Gex crystals with gradient of composition could be grown using the modified Czochralski technique to produce the diffracting elements for the MAX gamma ray telescope. Although many elements cut from the mosaic crystal and used before for CLAIRE gamma ray telescope had an efficiency up to 20%, the overall efficiency of the lens was about 8.1±0.7 %, which is more than twice lower than the theoretically predicted efficiency. Some causes of this behaviour are discussed. In addition to mosaic crystals, the growth of Si1−x Gex crystals with a gradient of composition and their properties are analysed. Such composition-gradient crystals could be a promising way to improve the diffraction efficiency of Laue lens for MAX.


X-ray diffraction Mosaic crystal Gradient crystal Crystal growth Czochralski method Germanium silicon alloys 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Crystal GrowthBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Solid State Physics of Russian Academy of SciencesChernogolovkaRussia

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