Coherent X-rays at MAMI

Research paper by W. Lauth, H. Backe, O. Kettig, P. Kunz, A. Sharafutdinov, T. Weber

Indexed on: 31 May '06Published on: 31 May '06Published in: The European Physical Journal A


Coherent radiation in the range from soft X-rays up to hard X-rays, produced by the low-emittance electron beam of MAMI, can be used for various applications. Novel types of interferometers have been developed for the measurement of the complex index of refraction of thin self-supporting foils. For the vacuum ultraviolet and soft X-ray region the interferometer consists of two collinear undulators, and a grating spectrometer. A foil placed between the undulators causes a phase shift and an attenuation of the oscillation amplitude. The complex index of refraction has been measured at the L2,3-absorption edges of nickel. A novel method is described for the measurement of the X-ray magnetic circular birefringence. For the hard X-ray region the interferometer consists of two foils at which the 855MeV electron beam produces transition radiation. Distinct interference oscillations have been observed as a function of both, the photon emission angle and the distance between the foils. The refractive index decrement δ(ω) of a 2μm thick nickel sample foil has been measured at X-ray energies around the K absorption edge at 8333eV and at 9930eV with an accuracy of better than 1.5 %. The line width of parametric X radiation (PXR) was measured in backward geometry with a Si single-crystal monochromator. Upper limits of the line width of 42meV, 50meV, and 44meV, have been determined for the (333), (444) and (555) reflections at photon energies of 5932eV, 7909eV, and 9887eV, respectively. Small angle scattering of the electrons in the crystal leads to a stochastic frequency modulation of the exponentially damped wave train which results in the line broadening. To elucidate the quest if the production of PXR is a kinematical or a dynamical process the radiation from silicon single-crystal targets, emitted close to the electron direction, has been studied. The observed interference structures and the narrow-band radiation in forward direction shows that PXR is produced in a dynamical process.