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Laboratory for the Study of X-ray Optics

About the Laboratory

This laboratory was established as part of a scientific research project supported with a monetary grant awarded by the Government of the Russian Federation under a grant competition designed to provide governmental support to scientific research projects implemented under the supervision of the world's leading scientists at Russian institutions of higher learning (Resolution of the RF Government No.220 of April 9, 2010).

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Grant Agreement No.:

Name of the institution of higher learning:

Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University

Fields of scientific research:

Project goal:

To develop and implement a breakthrough technology required to create new generation X-ray optics.

Project Objectives

- To develop new optical materials and devices that will find demand in material science, biotechnologies and medicine, particularly, in developing nano-scale resolution tomography techniques.
- To create a unique technological environment required for production of devices and elements for coherent optics, starting from prototyping nano-optics and ending with manufacture of complex technological products using high-precision mechanics and MEMS- technologies.

Project implementation outputs: 

The project has helped create a strong analytical base that can be used to address a wide scope of problems, including those related to coherent optics material and devices: metrology and material science. The project team has succeeded in organizing international cooperation: in autumn of 2013, the Baltic Federal University named after I. Kant hosted the international science school "Methods and tools for X-ray research" that brought together Russian and international scientists engaged in synchrotronic research. The science school was attended by more than 50 participants and 20 lecturers from seven countries. In 2013, the project team held international seminars at the Gdansk Polytechnic University (Poland) and Danish Technological University. The team has created a unique science and education complex, SynchrotronLIKE, that trains specialists to conduct synchrotronic experiments (education and research services) based on an ultra-bright sharp-focused liquid gallium source (excillum). At present, the complex is training 15 individuals represented by graduate students.

Leading scientist


Full Name: Snigirev Anatoly Alexandrovich

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Academic degree and title:
Doctoral degree in Physics and Mathematics, Professor

Job Title:

Researcher at the European Center for Synchrotronic Emissions, ESRF, Grenoble, France

Head of the Laboratory for the Study of X-ray Optics at the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University (Russia).

Field of scientific interests:

Coherent X-ray optics and microscopy: development of refractive and diffractive optics for X-ray microscopy.


Innovation Prize in synchrotronic radiation for "Pioneering works in development of composite refractive lenses for synchrotronic radiation and their applications" from the Friendship Society of the Helmholz Center, Germany (2010). Golden Medal from the State Science Committee of the Republic of Armenia for a substantial contribution to the development of X-ray physics and multiyear efforts in the development of cooperation between Armenia and French scientists (2011).

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