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Title: Development of a Tender-Energy Microprobe for Geosciences at NSLS and NSLS-II

This funding is to develop a new Synchrotron user facility for microbeam X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and quantitative X-ray fluorescence (XRF) imaging, at the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) and NSLS-II. It includes design, purchase of components, and construction of the microprobe endstation and controls. Initial development, commissioning, and application is ongoing at NSLS Beamline X15B, with planned transition in 2014-15 to the NSLS-II TES (Tender-Energy Spatially Resolved X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy) beamline. It is optimized for the “tender” energy range of 1-5 keV, reaching up to 8 keV. Thus it uniquely covers the K absorption edges of critical elements Mg, Al, Si, P, S, Cl, and Ca, and can reach up to Co. A stable, high-flux microbeam focus, user-tunable from ~50 to ~5 microns, has been achieved using two-stage achromatic focusing. Existing beamline optics collimate, monochromate, and macro-focus the X-ray beam to ~1 mm at a secondary source aperture (SSA). Beam from the SSA is then re-focused by a pair of mirrors in KB geometry to the microbeam scale. Size of the microbeam is tunable, at the expense of flux, by adjusting the size of the SSA as a virtual source. The new experimental endstation consists of 1) a samplemore » chamber operable as a radiation enclosure with helium atmosphere to facilitate measurements in this energy range, 2) the KB microfocusing optics, 3) a sample-positioning stage for raster-scanning and positioning the sample, 4) X-ray fluorescence detectors, an existing Ge detector for low-signal sensitivity and a new Si detector for high count rates, 5) an optical camera for viewing samples and locating target locations, 6) beam intensity monitors and diagnostics, and 7) controls and data acquisition system. An important aspect of this project is the added capability for fast, on-the-fly scanning of the monochromator (energy), required for fast XAS and advanced XAS imaging. This instrument will be available for initial PI and Co-I measurements, and for General Users to apply for beamtime to use, at NSLS X15B for the remaining operation of NSLS, to September 30, 2014. Phase two of this project will transition this facility, both the primary optics and the endstation, to NSLS-II after NSLS ceases operation. While this transition itself is beyond the scope of the current grant, preparation and planning for it is included.« less
  1. Stony Brook Univ., NY (United States)
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Technical Report
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Stony Brook Univ., NY (United States)
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USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
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United States