Demonstration of x-ray Talbot interferometry

Atsushi Momose, Shinya Kawamoto, Ichiro Koyama, Yoshitaka Hamaishi, Kengo Takai, Yoshio Suzuki

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First Talbot interferometry in the hard X-ray region was demonstrated using a pair ot transmission gratings made by forming gold stripes on glass plates. By aligning the gratings on the optical axis of X-rays with a separation that caused the Talbot effect by the first grating, moire fringes were produced inclining one grating slightly against the other around the optical axis. A phase object placed in front of the first grating was detected by moire-fringe bending. Using the technique of phase-shifting interferometry, the differential phase corresponding to the phase object could also be measured. This result suggests that X-ray Talbot interferometry is a novel and simple method for phase-sensitive X-ray radiography.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L866-L868
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics, Part 2: Letters
Issue number7 B
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Jul 15
Externally publishedYes


  • Differential phase
  • Hard x-rays
  • Interferometry
  • Radiography
  • Talbot effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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