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X-Ray Optics and Nano imaging

Our research

Senior scientist: Ulrich Vogt

X-ray imaging with x-ray nanobeams is one of the most rapidly developing areas at synchrotron radiation and x-ray free-electron laser facilities around the world. Exciting applications of these nanobeams, i.e., x-ray radiation focused to very small spot sizes in the 10 – 100 nm range, can be found in many fields of science. The unique quality of x-ray nanobeam imaging is the opportunity for direct in-situ and in-operandi experiments exploring very challenging physical environments and giving direct correlation between structure and physical properties.

We design and manufacture diffractive zone plate optics with diffraction-limited resolution in the 10 – 100 nm range for nanobeam imaging in the soft and hard x-ray range. Together with partners from Lund University we built the NanoMAX beamline  and a zone-plate-based x-ray microscope at the Swedish synchrotron source MAX IV. The long term goal is 3D x-ray imaging experiments on the 10 nm resolution level. We also develop novel methods for characterization and improvement of x-ray optics.

Zone plate pattern by e-beam lithography
Metal-assisted chemical etching of zone plate structures
Gold test patterns for x-ray microscopy

Key references

  1. R. Akan, T. Frisk, F. Lundberg, H. Ohlin, U. Johansson, K. Li, A. Sakdinawat, U. Vogt, Micromachines 11, 301 (2020). link

  2. R. Akan, K. Parfeniukas, C. Vogt M. S. Toprak, and U. Vogt, RSC Advances 23, 12628-12634 (2018) link

  3. F. Seiboth, A. Schropp, M. Scholz, F. Wittwer, C. Rödel, M. Wunsche, T. Ullsperger, S. Nolte, J. Rahomäki, K. Parfeniukas, U. Vogt, U. Wagner, C. Rau, U. Boesenberg, J. Garrevoet, G. Falkenberg, E. C. Galtier, H. J. Lee, B. Nagler, and C. G. Schroer, Nature Comm. 8, 14623 (2017). link

  4. U. Vogt, D. Köhler, J. Dickmann, J. Rahomäki, K. Parfeniukas, S. Kubsky, F. Alves, F. Langlois, C. Engblom, and T. Stankevic, Opt. Exp. 25, 12188-12194 (2017). link

  5. F. Uhlén, D. Nilsson, J. Rahomäki, L. Belova, C. G. Schroer, F. Seiboth, A. Holmberg, H. M. Hertz and U. Vogt, Microel. Eng. 116, 40-43 (2014). link  

  6. F. Uhlén, J. Rahomäki, D. Nilsson, F. Seiboth, C. Sanz, U. Wagner, C. Rau, and U. Vogt, J. Synch. Rad 21, 1105-1109 (2014). link  


Hanna Ohlin
Hanna Ohlin
doctoral student
Mattias Åstrand
Mattias Åstrand
doctoral student
Page responsible:Ulrich Vogt
Belongs to: Biomedical and X-ray Physics
Last changed: Oct 06, 2023