cosine’s High Energy Optics business unit is world-leading in the development and delivery of X-ray optics and systems, including X-ray diffraction and imaging spectroscopy. We combine and apply knowledge about semiconductor processes, silicon, glass micro-pore optics technology and mass production to develop and produce light-weight, high-resolution X-ray optics. Applications range from space-based astro-physical applications to medical, semiconductor and material analysis systems used by industry and academia.
With our expertise in X-ray technologies, we can solve your X-ray imaging, focusing, modeling and analysis challenges.
cosine High Energy Optics creates new systems and methods for high energy detection in a wide range of techniques
Silicon Pore Optics
The most lightweight high quality X-ray optics in the world. Selected for ESA’s Athena mission.
New generation, lightweight, high resolution X-ray optics
The SPO optics are modules that consist of stacked X-ray mirrors that together form a small X-ray lens. Due to the light passing through hollow pores, the modules have very low mass compared to other X-ray optics technology with similar imaging resolution.
Coatings on the silicon allow for high energy X-ray and gamma ray focusing. A larger or smaller number of these modules can be combined to form a full X-ray lens for X-ray astronomy and ground-based X-ray instrumentation.
Separating extremely small angles
The SPO mirror technique is capable of the required extreme precision in alignment needed for interferometric imaging.
Using interferometry, unprecedented angular resolution can be achieved of 1 million times compared to simple lensing.
Silicon Laue Lens components
For very hard X-ray/gamma ray applications and shorter focal lengths, a Laue lens can be an efficient alternative method of focusing.
Optics for very hard X-ray and gamma rays
In the very high energy range, the solution of mirroring is not possible, as the maximum reflective angle becomes too small. In this case using a Laue lens is the preferred solution.
Using the interference between the different angles through a bend or mosaic crystal, imaging can be achieved where it is not otherwise possible. Using a SPO based technique, where bent and wedged single crystal Silicon plates are stacked without pores, allows for superior Silicon Laue lenses.
High-energy optics simulation
Quickly determine realistic system performance and features.
X-ray and gamma ray imaging systems simulation
The high energy optics software simulates X-ray and gamma-ray imaging systems based on grazing incidence scattering using the Monte Carlo technique. The software offers control of the surface properties and scattering processes at each individual interaction.
Additionally, the geometry of the surfaces and the imaging system, as well as the incoming beam and the resulting image patterns on the detector surface are fully under control of the user.
High Energy Optics dedicated facilities
Ion Beam Figuring (IBF)
Laser Micro Jet (LMJ)