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J Synchrotron Radiat. 2008 Jan;15(Pt 1):12-8. Epub 2007 Dec 18.

Design and performance of an ultra-high-vacuum-compatible artificial channel-cut monochromator.

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Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439, USA.


The design and performance of a novel ultra-high-vacuum-compatible artificial channel-cut monochromator that has been commissioned at undulator beamline 8-ID-I at the Advanced Photon Source are presented. Details of the mechanical and optical design, control system implementation and performance of the new device are given. The monochromator was designed to meet the challenging stability and optical requirements of the X-ray photon correlation spectroscopy program hosted at this beamline. In particular, the device incorporates a novel in-vacuum sine-bar drive mechanism for the combined pitch motion of the two crystals and a flexure-based high-stiffness weak-link mechanism for fine-tuning the pitch and roll of the second crystal relative to the first crystal. The monochromator delivers an exceptionally uniform and stable beam and thereby improved brilliance preservation.


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