Optics Group (X-ray Science Division)

The mission of the Optics Group is to facilitate the efficient and productive use and operation of APS beamline-based research facilities. In support of this mission, the Optics group:

  • Operates and develops instruments to fabricate and characterize x-ray optical elements, such as single crystal-monochromators, mirrors, multilayers, and other specialized optics and substrates.
  • Carries out R&D jointly with the APS beamline scientists and user community, independently or in collaboration with other facilities to keep the group at the state-of-the art in x-ray optics.

The group is composed of three sections: the first section focuses on mirrors, multilayers optics and metrology; the second section deals with crystal optics fabrication and laboratory crystal optics characterization and topography; and the third section deals with the operations and development of the 1-BM Optics and Detectors Testing Beamline.

Work Request Form

To submit a work request to the Optics group, select the Work Request Form link

Crystal Optics Fabrication and Characterization

Comprehensive in-house infrastructure, capabilities and expertise for fabricating and developing almost all kinds of crystal-based X-ray optics-unique capability in the US.

Mirrors and Multilayer Optics

Develop and fabricate single and multilayer thin film optics, as well as experimental samples, primarily for APS beamlines and users. Staff are available for consultation regarding thin-film deposition materials selection and general optical component design or simulation.

Optical Metrology

The metrology laboratory at the APS can evaluate optical quality of x-ray mirrors and substrates to be used in the APS beamlines, in order to ensure compliance with the user's specifications in terms of figure error and finish. The lab can characterize x-ray mirror-bender assemblies and specialized optics as well as carry out joint R&D programs to develop new metrology measurement techniques and instrumentation.

1-BM Optics and Detectors Testing Beamline

Current optics Testing Capabilities include: monochromatic topography, white beam topography, Talbot grating interferometry, K-B mirrors testing, Zone plate and multilayer layer Laue lens (MLL) testing.

Experiment proposal requests can be submitted using the APS Users proposal portal at http://www.aps.anl.gov/Users/aps_userPortal.html

Optics Simulation and Code Development

Improvements and new developments in theory and simulation methods that are critical to advancing x-ray optics and scientific experimental techniques and will serve the Advanced Photon Source mission.