Increased interference fringe visibility from the post-fabrication heat treatment of a perfect crystal silicon neutron interferometer
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We find that annealing a previously chemically etched interferometer at 800 degrees C dramatically increased the interference fringe visibility from 23% to 90%. The Bragg plane misalignments were also measured before and after annealing using neutron rocking curves, showing that Bragg plane alignment was improved across the interferometer after annealing. This suggests that current interferometers with low fringe visibility may be salvageable and that annealing may become an important step in the fabrication process of future neutron interferometers, leading to less need for chemical etching and larger more exotic neutron interferometers.
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Benjamin Heacock, Muhammad Arif, David G. Cory, Thomas Gnaeupel-Herold, Robert Haun, Michael G. Huber, Michelle E. Jamer, Joachim Nsofini, Dimitry A. Pushin, Dusan Sarenac, Ivan Taminiau, Albert R. Young (2018). Increased interference fringe visibility from the post-fabrication heat treatment of a perfect crystal silicon neutron interferometer. UWSpace. http://hdl.handle.net/10012/13800