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Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Argonne-pioneered X-ray lens to aid nanomaterials research

Argonne National Laboratory
August 15, 2011

More affordable and efficient solar cells, batteries and lighting systems could result from a new X-ray lens that will let scientists study the nanoscale in greater detail than ever before.

A team of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has developed the new "multilayer Laue lens". This lens focuses high-energy X-rays so tightly they can detect objects as small as 15 nanometers in size and is in principle capable of focusing to well below 10 nanometers. This approach doubles the resolution over existing lenses, and future advancements could increase resolution by 10 times.

Understanding, imaging and manipulating the physical world at the nanoscale is critical to designing materials, devices and technologies that impact our daily lives. To aid in this effort, Argonne's Advanced Photon Source (APS) and Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM) partnered to improve lens capabilities.
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