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X-Ray Focusing: Techniques and Applications


A special issue of the journal X-Ray Optics and Instrumentation on “X-ray Focusing: Techniques and Applications” has been published and is available online in an open-source archival format for download.

The diverse x-ray focusing techniques and applications covered by the articles in this volume provide a glimpse into the scope, challenges, and future of this expanding field. The issue, comprising an introduction by the editors, 10 review articles, and 6 research articles, includes:


Focusing X-Ray Optics for Astronomy

Applications of Compact Laser-Driven EUV/XUV Plasma Sources

Elliptically Bent X-Ray Mirrors with Active Temperature Stabilization

Kirkpatrick-Baez (KB) and Lobster Eye (LE) Optics for Astronomical and Laboratory Applications

Hard X-Ray Focusing with Curved Reflective Multilayers

High-Energy X-Ray Microprobe System with Submicron Resolution for X-Ray Fluorescence Analysis of Uranium in Biological Specimens

Thin Shell, Segmented X-Ray Mirrors

X-Ray Pore Optics Technologies and Their Application in Space Telescopes

The cover of the special issueActive Microstructured Optical Arrays of Grazing Incidence Reflectors

Focusing Polycapillary Optics and Their Applications

Focusing X-Rays with Curved Multiplate Crystal Cavity

Measuring Curved Crystal Performance for a High-Resolution, Imaging X-Ray Spectrometer

Laue Gamma-Ray Lenses for Space Astrophysics: Status and Prospects

This special issue was edited by Ali Khounsary (Argonne National Laboratory), Stephen O’Dell (NASA), and Gene Ice (Oak Ridge National Laboratory).

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