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Beamline 6.1.2 (XM-1)
Full-field soft X-ray transmission microscope

From the Berkely Lab News Center

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The x-ray microscope endstation
Schematic drawing of XM-1

The x-ray microscope XM-1 is operated since 1994 by the Center for X-Ray Optics at the Advanced Light Source. It provides high spatial resolution (down to 15nm) imaging of samples which are transparent for soft X-rays.

Its user-friendly design allows a high throughput of  samples in a wide variety of applications such as nanomagnetismmaterials and environmental science and biological applications. 

XM-1 is modeled after a conventional light microscope. The light we use is x-ray radiation emitted from a bending magnet, the lenses are zone plates, which are fabricated by the Nanofabrication Laboratory of CXRO and the image is formed onto a CCD detector.

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