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Keywords:

  • small-angle X-ray scattering;
  • SAXS;
  • slit scattering

A simple hybrid design has been developed to produce practically scatterless aperture slits for small-angle X-ray scattering and high-resolution X-ray diffraction. The hybrid slit consists of a rectangular single-crystal substrate (e.g. Si or Ge) bonded to a high-density metal base with a large taper angle (> 10°). The beam-defining single-crystal tip is oriented far from any Bragg peak position with respect to the incident beam and hence produces none of the slit scattering commonly associated with conventional metal slits. It has been demonstrated that the incorporation of the scatterless slits leads to a much simplified design in small-angle X-ray scattering instruments employing only one or two apertures, with dramatically increased intensity (a threefold increase observed in the test setup) and improved low-angle resolution.