Abstract

To solve the problem where the actual grating aperture decreases with an increasing scanning angle during the scanning of a three-grating monochromator, we propose an off-axis assembly method for the worm gear turntable that makes it possible to suppress this aperture reduction. We simulated and compared the traditional assembly method with the off-axis assembly method in the three-grating monochromator. Results show that the actual grating aperture can be improved by the off-axis assembly method. In fact, for any one of the three gratings, when the monochromator outputs the longest wavelength in the corresponding wavelength band, the actual grating aperture increases by 45.93%. Over the entire monochromator output band, the actual grating aperture increased by an average of 32.56% and can thus improve the monochromator’s output energy. Improvement of the actual grating aperture can also reduce the stray light intensity in the monochromator and improve its output signal-to-noise ratio.

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