A brand new lens for microscopy has been developed (News)



IMAGE: Mini transfocator for X-rays microscopy
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Credit score: Supply: A. Narikovich, P. Ershov, I. Lyatun, I. Panormov, A. Sinitsyn and A. Snigirev.

BFU physicists advised a brand new mannequin of a variable focus lens known as a mini transfocator. It could be utilized in microscopic analysis that requires compact and cellular optical techniques. The event was supported by the Ministry of Training and Science with a grant (No. 14. Y26.31.0002). The outcomes had been printed within the Microscopy and Microanalysis journal.

Lens optical techniques and X-ray lenses are at present utilized in microscopy, for making high-resolution X-ray pictures, and for focusing X-rays to submicron scale. To focus X-rays one might change the quantity or the mixture of lenses. To take action, scientists use variable focus lenses or transfocators. These are techniques with adjustable lenses that may be eliminated or added to an X-ray beam to control the main focus distance. The configuration of a transfocator is well changeable, due to this fact it’s used for preliminary focusing together with different focusing components, and in addition as an impartial focusing gadget in a beam.

“These are the strategies we advised and efficiently promoted on the ESRF synchrotron in France and on the German PETRA-III synchrotron at DESY. However for them to work, we want mild and cellular transfocators. They need to be simple to put in and to regulate within the route of a scattered or diffracted beam,” says Anatoly Snigirev, the supervisor of the “Coherent Optics” specialization and the top of the X-ray optics laboratory on the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal College.

Conventional transfocators are fairly heavy and can’t be used for X-ray visualization on website or for introscopy (non-invasive research of the construction and inner processes of organic objects). Furthermore, gaps can happen between their cartridges. In such instances it turns into tough to progressively change the main focus distance because the lenses which might be positioned shut to one another and people unfold alongside the beam may have completely different focus positioning. Cell mini transfocators assist to check the interior construction and peculiarities of organic samples and observe modifications in them. They’re additionally used within the new space of research known as arduous X-rays microscopy. The lens is used as an goal and reveals the main points of the pattern with submicron and even nanometer decision. That is particularly related for research carried out in excessive situations (underneath excessive strain or temperature) in addition to for nondestructive research of organic objects.

Within the new transfocator mannequin the lenses are hooked up individually on stacks and are positioned shut to one another. Subsequently, one lens may be simply eliminated or added, and the main focus distance would change progressively. The sort of development is extra compact and cellular. The size of the transfocator is 150 mm, the width – 100 mm, and the peak – 90 mm, whereas its weight is lower than 2 kg. Conventional transfocators relying on their perform could also be 0.5 to 1.5 m lengthy and weigh from 20 to 100 kg. All supplies and parts are vacuum suitable and are manufactured utilizing high-precision tools. 50 impartial lenses that stand in the way in which of the beam are moved by an electrical engine.


The contributors of the experimental research additionally represented the European Molecular and Organic Laboratory in Hamburg (Germany) and the Analysis Accelerator Advanced ESRF (European Synchrotron Radiation Facility) in Grenoble (France).

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