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Zone plates as imaging analyzers for resonant inelastic x-ray scattering

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Marschall Felix, McNally Daniel, Guzenko Vitaliy A., Rösner Benedikt, Dantz Marcus, Lu Xingye, Nue Leonard, Strocov Vladimir, Schmitt Thorsten, David Christian,
Project Coupled spin, charge and orbital dynamics of low-dimensional cuprates
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Optics Express
Volume (Issue) 25(14)
Page(s) 15624 - 15624
Title of proceedings Optics Express
DOI 10.1364/oe.25.015624


We have implemented and successfully tested an off-axis transmission Fresnel zone plate as a novel type of analyzer optics for resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS). We achieved a spectral resolution of 64 meV at the nitrogen K-edge (E/dE = 6200), closely matching theoretical predictions. The fundamental advantage of transmission optics is the fact that it can provide stigmatic imaging properties. This opens up a variety of advanced RIXS configurations, such as efficient scanning RIXS, parallel detection for varying incident energy and time-resolved measurements.