|The development of 'miniature x-ray spectrometers' (miniXS) by
Seidler's group at the University of Washington is based on the
development of a new family of short working distance x-ray optics. 
The first such instrument was tested in August 2008, and is shown in
the photograph. The top panel is the SWD optic, which consists of
several 4 x 4 mm2 Si 110 crystals mounted on a lens with a
1-inch radius of curvature. The bottom panel shows the raw data from
an x-ray sensitive camera due to a brief exposure to the x-ray
emission from Dy metal.
These spectrometers are inexpensive, have very large collection angles, and can be adapted to a wide range of possible experimental energy ranges and sample environments.  Work is ongoing to adapt miniXS to studies of battery electrodes, high pressure cells, laser/x-ray pump/probe experiments, and cryostats.
Contact Jerry Seidler for more information.
|B. Dickinson, G.T. Seidler, Z.W. Webb, J.A. Bradley, K.P. Nagle, S.M. Heald, R.A. Gordon, and I.M. Chou, “A Short Working Distance Multiple Crystal X-ray Spectrometer,” Review of Scientific Instruments 79, 123112 (2008).|
|G.T. Seidler, “Design Considerations for Short Working Distance Multiple Crystal X-ray Spectrometers”, submitted, Review of Scientific Instruments (2009).|