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Institut Laue-Langevin

We provide neutron optical components for optimising neutron instruments. From monochromator and analyser crystals to converging guides, bandpass filters and polarising 3He spin-filters and supermirror devices, the ILL neutron optics lab provides the know-how and the in-house manufacturing capabilities. We develop and produce the neutron optical components required to maintain the leading role of the ILL in neutron scattering.

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An example: the D22 polarizer

An example: the D22 polarizer

Polarizes neutron reflectivity of Fe/Si supermirror (9OO layers):

Measured in reflection geometry



600 μm thick silicon blade coated on both sides with m=4 supermirrors, placed in the collimating section with an incidence angle of 2°

Performance measurements on the instruments: C. Dewurst, S. Wood



=> at λ=10Å, 85% polarization and 44% transmission (of the unpolarized beam)

=> evaluation of the small-angle scattering contamination from the polarizer:



Parasitic peak (Imax/1000), at fixed position with λ (≠ off-specular scattering, origin ??).

But the polarizer will be placed before the collimating section.


Direct beam profile measured with the polarizer placed at the sample position:

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