Elemental and Magnetic Sensitive Imaging Using X-Ray Excited Luminescence Microscopy

R. A. Rosenberg, S. Zohar, D. Keavney, R. Divan, D. Rosenmann, A. Mascarenhas, M. A. Steiner

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We demonstrate the potential of x-ray excited luminescence microscopy for full-field elemental and magnetic sensitive imaging using a commercially available optical microscope, mounted on preexisting synchrotron radiation (SR) beamline end stations. The principal components of the instrument will be described. Bench top measurements indicate that a resolution of 1 μm or better is possible; this value was degraded in practice due to vibrations andor drift in the end station and associated manipulator. X-ray energy dependent measurements performed on model solar cell materials and lithographically patterned magnetic thin film structures reveal clear elemental and magnetic signatures. The merits of the apparatus will be discussed in terms of conventional SR imaging techniques.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number073701
Number of pages6
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2012

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5900-55399


  • lithographically patterned
  • magnetic signatures
  • model solar cell


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