Materials Science of Multilayer X-ray Mirrors

Sammanfattning: This thesis treats the reflective and structural properties of multilayer structures. Soft X-ray multilayer mirrors intended as near-normal incidence reflective optics and polarizers in the water window (?=2.4-4.4 nm) are the main focus. Such mirrors require multilayer periodicities between 1.2-2.2 nm, a large number ~600of multilayer periods (N), and atomically flat interfaces. Bi-metallic multilayers were deposited by dual-target magnetron sputtering on Si(001)Geometrical roughness and intermixing/interdiffusion at the interfaces were investigated in connection with the impact of ion-surface interactions during growth of Cr/Ti, Cr/Sc, and Ni/V multilayers. This was achieved by comparing multilayers grown with or without high-flux low energy (Eion<30 eV) ion assistance. The use of modulated ion assistance resulted in a substantial improvement of interface flatness and abruptness in each of theAb-initio calculations indicate that the stabilization of the amorphous layer structure is due to a lowering of the total energy of the system by eliminating high energy incoherent interfaces between crystalline Sc and Cr.Light element incorporation in Cr/Sc multilayers was investigated through residual gas pressure variation. It is shown that multilayers retain their structural and optical properties within the high vacuum range of 2×10-7-to-2×10-6 Torr. The incorporation of 34 at.% nitrogen at a higher residual gas pressure ( ~2×10-5 Torr) resulted in highly textured understoichiometricx/ScNy multilayers. As a result of nitrogen incorporation, interface widths as small as 0.29 nm, and near-normal incidence reflectivity enhancement (at ?=3.11 nm) by 100 % (compared to pure Cr/Sc multilayers) was achieved. Light element incorporation was also found to be advantageous for the thermal stability of the multilayers. In-situ hard X-ray reflectivity measurements performed during isothermal annealing in thex/ScNy are stable up to 350 °C. As an alternative route to metallic multilayers, single crystal CrN/ScN superlattices, grown by reactive sputtering in N atmosphere onto MgO(001), were also investigated. The superlattice synthesis at 735 °C, resulted in highly abrupt interfaces with minimal interface widths of 0.2 nm. As-deposited superlattices with only 61 periods?=3.11 nm as well as very high thermal stability up to 850 °C.