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Demonstration of focusing Wolter mirrors for neutron phase and magnetic imaging

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Author(s)

Daniel S. Hussey, Han Wen, Huarui Wu, Thomas R. Gentile, Wangchun Chen, David L. Jacobson, Jacob LaManna, B. Khaykovich

Abstract

Image-forming focusing mirrors were employed to demonstrate two different modalities of neutron imaging, phase imaging with a far-field interferometer, and magnetic-field imaging through the manipulation of the neutron beam polarization. For the phase imaging, we show that the focusing mirrors preserve the beam coherence and the path-length differences that give rise to the far-field moiré pattern. We demonstrated that the visibility of the moiré pattern is modified by small angle scattering from a highly porous foam. This experiment demonstrates the feasibility of using Wolter optics to significantly improve the spatial resolution of the far-field interferometer. For the magnetic imaging, the rotation of the neutron polarization in the magnetic field was measured by placing a solenoid at the focus of the mirrors. The beam was polarized upstream of the solenoid, while the spin analyzer was situated between the solenoid and the mirrors. Such a polarizing neutron microscope provides a path toward considerably improved spatial resolution in neutron imaging of magnetic materials.
Citation
Journal of Imaging Science

Keywords

neutron imaging, Wolter optics, polarized neutron imaging, far-field interferometer

Citation

, D. , Wen, H. , Wu, H. , Gentile, T. , Chen, W. , Duewer, D. , LaManna, J. and Khaykovich, B. (2021), Demonstration of focusing Wolter mirrors for neutron phase and magnetic imaging, Journal of Imaging Science, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=924632 (Accessed October 17, 2021)
Created April 21, 2021, Updated May 3, 2021