Scanning electron micrograph of the hierarchical structure of a large-area CAT grating membrane fabricated from a silicon-on-insulator wafer.

Shaping of thin-foil x-ray optics

X-ray optics for space-based applications need to be wafer-thin AND maintain accurate figure.

Home of the MIT Nanoruler

The Nanoruler is the first tool to implement the patented patterning technique called Scanning Beam Interference Lithography (SBIL). (© Volker Steger, Science Photo Library)

The Chandra X-Ray Observatory

The SNL fabricated hundreds of transmission gratings for the High Energy Transmission Grating Spectrometer on board of Chandra, launched in 1999, and still operating. (Image credit: NASA/CXC/SAO)

X-ray optics shape correction using ion implantation

Ion implantation of thin-foil x-ray mirrors has the potential to correct figure at the sub-arcsec level. (© Ralf Heilmann)
Advanced X-Ray and EUV Diffraction Gratings

Advanced X-Ray and EUV Diffraction Gratings

The innovative Critical-Angle Transmission (CAT) grating combines the best of transmission and reflection gratings in the soft x-ray band...
Shaping of Thin-Foil X-Ray Optics

Shaping of Thin-Foil X-Ray Optics

We are pioneering alternative methods for the shaping and figure correction of thin-foil optics utilized as grazing-incidence mirrors in space-based x-ray telescopes...
Scanning Beam Interference Lithography: The Nanoruler

Scanning Beam Interference Lithography: The Nanoruler

The Nanoruler is a prize-winning tool for the rapid high-precision patterning of large-area gratings...
Aug 2021: Congratulations to Dr. Zuo to her successful Ph.D. defense!
July 30, 2021: Successful flight of MaGIXS sounding rocket with variable-period reflection grating!
June 2021: New SNL video.
March 2021: SNL featured in NASA Science Technology Highlights.
November 2020: Congratulations to Dr. Song to his successful Ph.D. defense!
July 2020: Congratulations to Prof. Chalifoux to his new position at the University of Arizona!
Aug 2017: Arcus, a NASA MIDEX mission proposal based on CAT gratings, silicon-pore optics, and x-ray CCDs, has been selected for a Phase A concept study.
Feb 2016: Record high soft x-ray grating spectrometer resolving power > 10,000 demonstrated!