IJAT Vol.13 No.2 pp. 246-253
doi: 10.20965/ijat.2019.p0246


Surface Finishing Method Using Plasma Chemical Vaporization Machining for Narrow Channel Walls of X-Ray Crystal Monochromators

Takashi Hirano*,†, Yuki Morioka*, Shotaro Matsumura*, Yasuhisa Sano*, Taito Osaka**, Satoshi Matsuyama*, Makina Yabashi**, and Kazuto Yamauchi*

*Department of Precision Science and Technology, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University
2-1 Yamada-oka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan

Corresponding author

**SPring-8 Center, RIKEN, Sayo, Japan

July 31, 2018
October 29, 2018
March 5, 2019
X-ray optical device, channel-cut crystal, X-ray free-electron laser, atmospheric-pressure plasma, damage-free etching

Channel-cut Si crystals are useful optical devices for providing monochromatic X-ray beams with extreme angular stability. Owing to difficulties in the high-precision surface finishing of narrow-channel inner walls of the crystals, typical channel-cut crystals have considerable residual subsurface crystal damage and/or roughness on their channel-wall reflection surfaces that decrease intensity and distort the wavefronts of the reflected X-rays. This paper proposes a high-precision surface finishing method for the narrow-channel inner walls based on plasma chemical vaporization machining, which is a local etching technique using atmospheric-pressure plasma. Cylinder- and nozzle-shaped electrodes were designed for channel widths of more than 5 and 3 mm, respectively. We optimized process conditions for each electrode using commercial Si wafers, and obtained a removal depth of 10 μm with a surface flatness and roughness of less than 1 μm and 1 nmRMS, respectively, which should allow the damaged layers to be fully removed while maintaining the wavefront of coherent X-rays.

Cite this article as:
T. Hirano, Y. Morioka, S. Matsumura, Y. Sano, T. Osaka, S. Matsuyama, M. Yabashi, and K. Yamauchi, “Surface Finishing Method Using Plasma Chemical Vaporization Machining for Narrow Channel Walls of X-Ray Crystal Monochromators,” Int. J. Automation Technol., Vol.13, No.2, pp. 246-253, 2019.
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