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Title: Designing a nanoscale X-ray source : towards single molecule X-ray scattering
Author: Froud, Christopher Andrew
ISNI:       0000 0001 3484 8331
Awarding Body: University of Southampton
Current Institution: University of Southampton
Date of Award: 2007
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This thesis describes the design and construction of a femtosecond X-ray source based on high harmonic generation in an argon filled hollow capillary waveguide. The system has demonstrated excellent efficiency at generating harmonics in the range 20-50 eV and is tuneable by exploiting the ionization-induced blue-shift that occurs in the waveguide. The X-ray source is designed for X-ray scattering experiments, which will ultimately allow the imaging of single biomolecules. Such experiments will require an intense, focused X-ray beam. Towards this aim, this thesis demonstrates focusing techniques based on tapered capillary optics, including a model that was developed to understand their behaviour.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering ; QC Physics