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Continuously variable focal length lens

United States Patent

December 17, 2013
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A material preferably in crystal form having a low atomic number such as beryllium (Z=4) provides for the focusing of x-rays in a continuously variable manner. The material is provided with plural spaced curvilinear, optically matched slots and/or recesses through which an x-ray beam is directed. The focal length of the material may be decreased or increased by increasing or decreasing, respectively, the number of slots (or recesses) through which the x-ray beam is directed, while fine tuning of the focal length is accomplished by rotation of the material so as to change the path length of the x-ray beam through the aligned cylindrical slots. X-ray analysis of a fixed point in a solid material may be performed by scanning the energy of the x-ray beam while rotating the material to maintain the beam's focal point at a fixed point in the specimen undergoing analysis.
Adams; Bernhard W. (Naperville, IL), Chollet; Matthieu C. (Oak Park, IL)
U.S. Department of Energy (Washington, DC)
12/ 910,013
October 22, 2010
The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-ACO2-06CH11357 with the U.S. Department of Energy.