Towards high-resolution ptychographic x-ray diffraction microscopy

Yukio Takahashi, Akihiro Suzuki, Nobuyuki Zettsu, Yoshiki Kohmura, Yasunori Senba, Haruhiko Ohashi, Kazuto Yamauchi, Tetsuya Ishikawa

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Ptychographic x-ray diffraction microscopy is a lensless imaging technique with a large field of view and high spatial resolution, which is also useful for characterizing the wavefront of an x-ray probe. The performance of this technique is degraded by positioning errors due to the drift between the sample and illumination optics. We propose an experimental approach for correcting the positioning errors and demonstrate success by two-dimensionally reconstructing both the wavefront of the focused x-ray beam and the complex transmissivity of the weakly scattering objects at the pixel resolution of better than 10 nm in the field of view larger than 5 μm. This method is applicable to not only the observation of organelles inside cells or nano-mesoscale structures buried within bulk materials but also the characterization of probe for single-shot imaging with x-ray free electron lasers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number214109
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jun 13


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