The Center for X-Ray Optics is a multi-disciplined research group within Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's (LBNL) Materials Sciences Division (MSD). Notice to users.

Wavefront control with
sub-angstrom sensitivity

For x-ray optics, tiny, nano-scale shape or position errors can mean the difference between nano-focusing and major frustration. We develop the highest-accuracy methods to measure, quantify, and eliminate wavefront aberrations, to squeeze light into the tightest focused beams and highest coherence possible.

A null interferogram, in preparation for metrology on the SEMATECH Berkeley Microfield Exposure Tool (MET)

Pioneering EUV and soft x-ray interferometry.

New applications with short-wavelength lenses demand the highest quality optics ever made, and the most demanding tests to quantify them. CXRO has developed ultra-high-accuracy, wavefront-measuring interferometry and optical testing methods that have been adopted by leading-edge groups and optics manufacturers worldwide. We are now working to bring these techniques to a new generation of beamlines and lenses.

Figure: An EUV null-test interferogram of the MET lens. This test calibrates the interferometer for sub 100-picometer RMS accuracy.

Engineering x-ray coherence for
high-resolution imaging.

"I am often asked, 'What is the best coherence state for imaging?' Unfortunately the answer is not simple and ranges from coherent to incoherent depending on the problem at hand. We study and implement new methods to allow researchers to vary coherence to their needs."

Patrick Naulleau,
MET Principal Investigator

Photo of Patrick Naulleau, CXRO Staff Scientist
Far-field diffraction pattern from a binary phase-only EUV hologram revealing the LBNL logo.

Manipulating coherence.

Illumination properties play a critical role in the performance of optical systems. CXRO specializes in developing techniques to systematically control spatial and temporal coherence and improve illumination uniformity in short wavelength optical systems. These methods include scanning coherence synthesis, diffractive structures designed using phase retrieval methods and temporal-to-spatial cohernce conversion methods.

Figure: diffraction from a phase-only EUV hologram

The Coherent Optics team.

Photo of Chris Anderson

Chris Anderson

Staff Scientist
Photo of Ryan Miyakawa

Ryan Miyakawa

Staff Scientist