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X-ray optical applications

Our main focus is on X-ray optical elements. As in classic optics, the main parameters to describe a material’s behavior are refraction, absorption, and scattering. And just as in classic optics, interference may take place and can be utilized in several ways. The wavelength range extends over at least 3 orders of magnitude, from 0.01nm to 10nm. The material’s behavior is defined by the electrons of the inner shells of the elements, in stark contrast to its optical properties, which are defined by chemical bonds. An excellent survey of X-ray optics can be found at

Microworks supplies bespoke X-ray optical elements for wavefront analysis and customer-specific instruments as well as standard gratings for grating-based interferometry.


Central stops for X-ray microscopy. The customer may choose stops from 10µm to 160µm.
Gold plate in back lighting, 200µm thin, with a large, open-area ratio of an array of 20µm holes.
Circa 200µm-thin gold plate with pinholes too small to see (ᴓ 3µm, 4µm, and 5µm). Such gold plates are used for X-ray beam conditioning.