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X-ray natural circular dichroism (XNCD) in gyrotropic crystals

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Jose Goulon, Andrei Rogalev, Gisele Benayoun

European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (France)

Chantal Goulon-Ginet

European Synchrotron Radiation Facility and Univ. Joseph Fourier (France)

Cecile Malgrange, Christian Brouder

Univ. de Paris VI and Univ. de Paris VII (France)

Proc. SPIE 3773, X-Ray Optics Design, Performance, and Applications, 316 (November 16, 1999); doi:10.1117/12.370104
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  • X-Ray Optics Design, Performance, and Applications
  • Ali M. Khounsary; Andreas K. Freund; Tetsuya Ishikawa; George Srajer; Jonathan C. Lang
  • Denver, CO | July 18, 1999


We have produced recently the very first experimental evidence that X-ray Natural Circular Dichroism (XNCD) can be detected in both uniaxial and biaxial gyrotropic single crystals. XNCD signals are to be assigned to electric dipole-electric quadrupole E1.E2 interference terms which can be quite significant in the X-ray range whereas there can hardly be any detectable contribution of the electric dipole-magnetic dipole E1.M1 terms which dominate CD at optical wavelengths. For heavily absorbing single crystals, the differential absorption between left-handed and right-handed circularly polarized X- ray photons cannot be measured in transmission but circular dichroism can still be detected in fluorescence excitation spectra. XNCD and Fluorescence detected X-ray Natural Circular Dichroism (Fd-XNCD) spectra are strictly identical for uniaxial crystals such a lithium iodate ((alpha) -LiIO3) but this is only true to the first order for biaxial crystals such as potassium titanyl phosphate (KTP). Such difficult experiments became feasible only with the development of powerful helical undulator sources and with a careful optimization of all components of the beamline.

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Jose Goulon ; Chantal Goulon-Ginet ; Andrei Rogalev ; Gisele Benayoun ; Cecile Malgrange, et al.
"X-ray natural circular dichroism (XNCD) in gyrotropic crystals", Proc. SPIE 3773, X-Ray Optics Design, Performance, and Applications, 316 (November 16, 1999); doi:10.1117/12.370104; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.370104

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