COMPARISON OF BERYLLIUM AND DIAMOND

When installed in the white beam of an undulator, for instance, beryllium lenses must be water cooled. Diamond has superior thermal stability and conductivity. However, it is important not to compare the thermal conductivities κ alone, but the ratios κ / μ. Here, μ is the attenuation coefficient which is larger for diamond than for beryllium. From this point of view, at 10 keV diamond is superior to beryllium only by a factor 1.1 to 1.5 (depending on the local temperature).

From the optical point of view, the larger attenuation coefficient of diamond is partially compensated by its larger refractive decrement. At first sight, it is not evident which effect turns out to be dominant for x-ray optics at various photon energies.

In the following we compare effective aperture Deff, gain, and diffraction limited focal spot size for CRLs consisting of ideal, biconcave, rotationally parabolic lenses made of beryllium and of diamond, respectively, at different photon energies. For both materials we assume a radius of curvature of R = 50 μm, a lens thickness of 1 mm, a frame thickness of 2 mm, and a distance of apices of 30 μm. In each case the number of lenses is chosen such that the focal length is as close to 500 mm as possible. The gain is computed for a source with a width and height (FWHM) of 150 μm and a distance of 40 m.


Beryllium Diamond
Photon energy
(keV)
Focal length
(mm)
Effective aperture
(μm)
Gain Diffr. lim. focal
spot size (nm)
Focal length
(mm)
Effective aperture
(μm)
Gain Diffr. lim. focal
spot size (nm)
10 494.1 361 24,945 127 494.5 255 8,165 180
20 502.0 341 19,537 68 501.7 288 11,378 81
30 499.6 294 11,854 53 499.4 263 8,705 59
40 500.0 256 7,196 45 498.6 229 5,790 50

Caution: These values were computed from analytical expressions assuming ideal parabolic lenses. The values achievable in experiments might deviate from the above due to imperfections of the lenses. The calculations are based on the article "B. Lengeler et al., Imaging by parabolic refractive lenses in the hard x-ray range" and the habilitation thesis "C. Schroer, Hard x-ray microscopy and microanalysis with refractive x-ray lenses" (for the thick lens formulae). The mass attenuation coefficients are taken from NIST.


Note that at all energies effective aperture, gain, and diffraction limited focal spot size are more favorable for the beryllium CRL than for the diamond CRL. Further computations can be found in the thesis "F. Seiboth, Refractive hard x-ray nanofocusing at storage ring and x-ray free-electron laser sources". There it is shown that the maximal gain achievable with beryllium CRLs is always (much) larger than for diamond CRLs, while, above approximately 17 keV, the theoretically achievable minimal diffraction limited focal spot size is slightly smaller for diamond CRLs; however, the difference is of the order of a few nm.