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Deep reactive ion etching of silicon moulds for the fabrication of diamond x-ray focusing lenses

DOI: 10.1088/0960-1317/23/12/125018 DOI Help

Authors: A. M. Malik (STFC) , O. J. L. Fox (Diamond Light Source) , L. Alianelli (Diamond Light Source) , A. M. Korsunsky (University of Oxford) , R. Stevens (STFC) , I. M. Loader (STFC) , M. C. Wilson (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (STFC)) , Ia. Pape (Diamond Light Source) , K. J. S. Sawhney (Diamond Light Source) , P. W. May (Nottingham Trent University)
Co-authored by industrial partner: No

Type: Journal Paper
Journal: Journal Of Micromechanics And Microengineering , VOL 23 (12) , PAGES 7778-7788

State: Published (Approved)
Published: December 2013
Diamond Proposal Number(s): 2096

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Abstract: Diamond is a highly desirable material for use in x-ray optics and instrumentation. However, due to its extreme hardness and resistance to chemical attack, diamond is difficult to form into a structure suitable for x-ray lenses. Refractive lenses are capable of delivering x-ray beams with nanoscale resolution. A moulding technique for the fabrication of diamond lenses is reported. High-quality silicon moulds were made using photolithography and deep reactive ion etching. The study of the etch process conducted to achieve silicon moulds with vertical sidewalls and minimal surface roughness is discussed. Issues experienced when attempting to deposit diamond into a high-aspect-ratio mould by chemical vapour deposition are highlighted. Two generations of lenses have been successfully fabricated using this transfer-moulding approach with significant improvement in the quality and performance of the optics observed in the second iteration. Testing of the diamond x-ray optics on the Diamond Light Source Ltd synchrotron B16 beamline has yielded a line focus of sub-micrometre width.

Journal Keywords: X-Ray Lens; Optics; Micro-Fabrication; Cvd Diamond

Subject Areas: Technique Development, Physics


Instruments: B16-Test Beamline

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