Design of compact ultrafast microscopes for single- and multi-shot imaging with MeV electrons

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-153
Journal / PublicationUltramicroscopy
Online published9 Aug 2018
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018


Ultrafast high-energy electron microscopy, taking advantage of strong interaction of electrons with matter while minimizing space charge problems, can be used to address a wide range of grand challenges in basics energy sciences. However, MeV-electron lenses are inherently bulky and expensive, preventing them from acceptance in a broad scientific community. In this article, we report our novel design of a compact, low-cost imaging-lens system for MeV-electrons based on quadrupole multiplets, including triplet, quadruplet and quintuplet, both symmetric and asymmetric. We compare optical performance of quadrupole-based condenser, objective and projector lenses with that of the traditional round-lenses and discuss the strategy for their practical use in constructing MeV-electron microscopes for high spatial and temporal resolution single- and multi-shot imaging. Combining the compound electron-optical system with a photocathode radiofrequency (RF) gun, such a MeV electron microscope can be fit into a small-sized laboratory for ultrafast observations and measurements.

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