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Versatile high-repetition-rate phase-locked chopper system for fast timing experiments in the vacuum ultraviolet and x-ray spectral region
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Surface and Interface Science.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Soft X-Ray Physics.
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2012 (English)In: Review of Scientific Instruments, ISSN 0034-6748, E-ISSN 1089-7623, Vol. 83, no 1, 013115- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A novel light chopper system for fast timing experiments in the vacuum-ultraviolet (VUV) and x-ray spectral region has been developed. It can be phase-locked and synchronized with a synchrotron radiation storage ring, accommodating repetition rates in the range of ∼8 to ∼120 kHz by choosing different sets of apertures and subharmonics of the ring frequency (MHz range). Also the opening time of the system can be varied from some nanoseconds to several microseconds to meet the needs of a broad range of applications. Adjusting these parameters, the device can be used either for the generation of single light pulses or pulse packages from a microwave driven, continuous He gas discharge lamp or from storage rings which are otherwise often considered as quasi-continuous light sources. This chopper can be utilized for many different kinds of experiments enabling, for example, unambiguous time-of-flight (TOF) multi-electron coincidence studies of atoms and molecules excited by a single light pulse as well as time-resolved visible laser pump x-ray probe electron spectroscopy of condensed matter in the valence and core level region.

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2012. Vol. 83, no 1, 013115- p.
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Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-168797DOI: 10.1063/1.3677329ISI: 000300594900016OAI: diva2:503357
Available from: 2012-02-15 Created: 2012-02-15 Last updated: 2016-02-29Bibliographically approved
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1. Techniques and Application of Electron Spectroscopy Based on Novel X-ray Sources
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Techniques and Application of Electron Spectroscopy Based on Novel X-ray Sources
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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The curiosity of researchers to find novel characteristics and properties of matter constantly pushes for the development of instrumentation based on X-radiation. I present in this thesis techniques for electron spectroscopy based on developments of X-ray sources both in time structure and energy. One part describes a laser driven High-Harmonic Generation source and the application of an off-plane grating monochromator with additional beamlines and spectrometers. In initial experiments, the source is capable of producing harmonics between the 13th and 23rd of the fundamental laser 800 nm wavelength. The intensity in the 19th harmonic, after monochromatization, was measured to be above 1.2·1010 photons/second with a repetition rate of 5 kHz. 

The development of a chopper system synchronized to the bunch clock of an electron storage ring is also presented. The system can be used to adjust the repetition rate of a synchrotron radiation beam to values between 10 and 120 kHz, or for the modulation of continuous sources. The application of the system to both time of flight spectroscopy and laser pump X-ray probe spectroscopy is shown. It was possible to measure triple ionization of Kr and in applied studies the valence band of a laser excited dye-sensitized solar cell interface. The combination of the latter technique with transient absorption measurements is proposed.

The organic molecule maleic anhydride (MA) and its binding configuration to the three anatase TiO2 crystals (101), (100), (001) has been investigated by means of Xray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and Near Edge X-ray Absorption Fine structure Spectroscopy (NEXAFS). The results provide information on the binding configuration to the 101 crystal. High Kinetic Energy Photoelectron Spectroscopy was used to investigate multilayers of complexes of iron, ruthenium and osmium. The benefit of hard X-rays for ex-situ prepared samples is demonstrated together with the application of resonant valence band measurements to these molecules.

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2012. 53 p.
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 903
High Harmonic Generation HHG, HELIOS, X-ray Beam Chopper, Dye-sensitized Solar Cell, Ultra High Vacuum UHV, Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Pump-Probe, XUV
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Physical Sciences
Research subject
Physics with spec. in Atomic, Molecular and Condensed Matter Physics
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-168799 (URN)978-91-554-8283-1 (ISBN)
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2012-03-30, Pol/1311, Polacksbacken, Lägerhyddsvägen 2, Uppsala, 10:15 (English)
Available from: 2012-03-09 Created: 2012-02-15 Last updated: 2012-09-18Bibliographically approved

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