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As a particular declination of IRELEC modular mirror systems, the Kirkpatrick-Baez assembly is component comprising of two orthogonal mirrors enabling an X-ray beam coming from a synchrotron light source to be focused in both planes.
The mirrors are handled by a mechanical set-up whose purpose is to:
- shape the mirrors (elliptically) by mechanical bending;
- position the mirrors accurately (at a submicron level) in the X-ray beam by using two rotation axis settings and two translation settings.
In addition to its home-design KB system, IRELEC also proposes KB systems upon ESRF licence agreement, for application requiring a higher compactness (mirror length down to 130 mm)
The distinguishing benefits of IRELEC KB systems are:
- intrinsic performances of the system;
- compactness for producing submicron-sized beams;
- flexibility (the type of mirrors and the coatings proposed – metallic or multilayer, all orientations possible for focusing planes, operation in inert gas or UHV conditions, etc.);
- factory calibration of the system using the Long Trace Profiler (LTP) or Nanometer Object Measuring machine (NOM).