The generation of coherent x-ray beams by using a multi-slit diffraction phenomenon is presented. The mode-confinement conditions in the x-ray waveguide (XWG) needed to obtain single-mode beams are determined. The XWGs are stacked to form an XWG array. The core of the XWG array is used as a slit in an opaque screen, similar to those used for visible light. Diffraction patterns that interfered constructively in the XWG array are investigated based on multi-slit diffraction theory. The irradiance distributions are studied at on observation screen. The FWHM of diffracted x-ray spectra were between 1.67 × 10-4 to 3.30 × 10-5 radians which lead to a spot-size of a few tens of micrometers on the screen at distance of 1 m. The intensities decrease with increase in the period of the XWG array, i.e. a thicker cladding, due to growth of the higher-order diffraction peaks.
Recent research efforts have focused on the generation of coherent x-rays for use in applications such as microand nano-imaging as well as in micro-diffraction experiments[1, 2]. A coherent diffraction-imaging technique has been developed by using monochromatic coherent x-ray beams to investigate the nanostructure of materials [3-5]. The flux of x-rays at the exit of the waveguide is efficiently produced by the enhancement of the internal resonant field in the guiding layer . Bongaerts et. al. demonstrated x-ray waveguides with a multi-step index structure having a gap width of 59 nm . The beam size was predicted to be about 10 nm within a tapered waveguide . A passive millimeter-wave imaging system that uses a coherent optical beam-forming technique was reported based on the wave arrays .
In this paper, we propose a method for the generation of coherent x-ray beams by using x-ray diffraction from nano-multichannels used as x-ray waveguides. Single-mode x-ray waves that propagate within x-ray waveguides serve as an incident source of diffraction. The diffraction patterns of the x-ray beams at the exit of single-mode waveguide arrays are analyzed for coherent x-ray generation.
We considered an array of single-mode x-ray waveguides as a diffraction aperture similar to a multi-slit opaque screen.By doing so, we enhance the intensity of the E-field of the x-ray waveguide to utilize it as a source of monochromatic and coherent x-ray waves and as the diffraction aperture. A schematic of x-ray waveguide arrays and the coordinates used in the numerical calculation is shown in Fig. 1.
The spatial acceptance depends on the cross section of the core of the waveguide when the incident x-ray beam is directly coupled to the waveguide. The refractive index of the core n1, the cladding
where the subscripts 1 and 2 denote the core and the cladding, respectively.
The number of modes propagated in a core can be found by using the relationship that
X-ray waveguides, which confine a beam to a single mode, have been theoretically developed for use as the incident source of the diffraction of x-rays. The array of XWGs consists of up to 20 single-mode XWGs acting as an opaque screen. The slit dimensions are equal to the core thickness of single-mode XWGs (i.e., 16 nm for an air core and 17 nm for a beryllium core) which generates coherent x-rays. The deviation coefficient of waveguide materials are δ1= 5.23 × 10-6 (Be) and δ1= 4.00 × 10-7 (air). The thickness of the tungsten (W) cladding (δ2=4.61 × 10-5) varies between 0.25 and 0.5 of the core thickness with x-ray energy of 8.0 keV. The field intensities in XWGs with platinum cladding remain higher than those of other cladding materials. However, tungsten has good coupling tendencies, especially with beryllium as the core material.
The single mode profiles at the exit of the XWG array for air and beryllium cores with various cladding materials are shown in Fig. 2 which is a rearrangement of the Fig. 5 and Fig. 6 in Ref. . The optical confinement associated with the normalized propagation constant of its beryllium core XWG is larger than that of its air core. Consequently,the irradiance profile of air core XWGs are far lower than for its beryllium core.
Fig. 3 shows the intensity of the diffracted x-ray spectra in the air-core XWG array. The thickness of the core is 16 nm and the cladding thickness is 4 nm. This gives an aperture period of 20 nm, as shown in Fig. 3(a). The diffraction pattern is shown in Fig. 3(b), in which the period of the aperture is increased to 24 nm while the core thickness remains the same, and the incident x-ray energy is 8.0 keV. The full-widths at half maximum (FWHM)were between 1.67 × 10?4 radians for
Our FWHM results for the diffracted spectra from the air-core XWG array is one order of magnitude smaller than values reported in Ref. . From this we can conclude that the XWG array is a device by which it is feasible to generate highly coherent and focusable x-ray beams. The observation that higher-order diffraction patterns appear when the period of the array is increased is also found by calculation. It is explicitly confirmed when compared with the results presented in Ref. . In order to utilize a diffracted x-ray beam as the source of a grating interferometer, the spot size when a zero-order diffraction peak is incident on the screen at 0.1 m from the XWG array must be calculated, as shown in Fig. 4.The data displayed by the open circles and triangles represent the spot sizes from the air-core XWG array, while the solid lines represent data from the Be core. The spot size
on the screen at distance of 0.1 m from the exit of the XWG array appears smaller for the larger period.
Fig. 5 shows the normalized diffraction intensities at the same distance as in Fig. 4. The intensities decrease with increase in the period of the XWG array. In the Fig. 5 the diffraction intensities from the air core are higher than those from the Be core. These results are obtained under the assumption that the incident photons propagate through the waveguide core without attenuation. However the output intensities from a core vary with different cladding materials as shown in Fig. 2. In particular, the diffractionspectra intensity from the tungsten cladding with air core is only 20% of that of the W-Be XWG. The results which shows the effect of cladding on the diffraction intensity are inset in Fig. 5. Thus, from the device fabrication point of view, the Pt-, Au-cladding XWG arrays that have the Be-core of 17 nm with a period of 21 nm would be best for obtaining the brightest coherent x-rays. The spot size can be tuned by the number of the XWG stacks as well as by the distance of the source to the screen.
In this paper we carried out theoretical studies for generation of coherent x-ray beams based on a multi-slit diffraction phenomenon. Numerical calculations were conducted to produce coherent x-ray beams in an XWG for use as a source of multi-slit diffraction. The core of the XWG array is used as the slit of an opaque screen. The FWHM of the diffracted x-ray spectra from the XWG array decreased as the number of stacks N in the XWG array increased.
The intensities of diffracted x-rays decreased for the air core as the aperture period increased to 24 nm while the core thickness was maintained. For the Be core XWG array, the intensities decreased for the thicker cladding XWG. The FWHM of zero-order diffraction peaks was about 10% narrower than the period of 20 nm. Higherorder diffraction patterns appear with intensity about 20%of the zero-order diffraction peaks. The spot size on the screen 0.1 m from the XWG array had dimensions of a few tens of micrometers. This demonstrates that such x-ray waveguide arrays could be useful for the production of coherent x-ray measurements, such as those used in an x-ray grating interferometer and in a coherent diffraction imaging.