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Experimental approaches to x-ray phase-retrieval for nano-resolution diffraction imaging
Author(s): Andrei Y. Nikulin
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Paper Abstract

X-ray phase-retrieval algorithms are widely exploited in contemporary diffraction techniques to image at the nanoscale. Often reconstruction of the sample shape (image) suffices for the purpose of experiment. Identification of specimen composition requires a quantitative profiling of the complex refractive index. We show that the diffraction effects from the experimental setup and artifacts from the phase-retrieval algorithms themselves are comparable with the diffraction contrast that is experimentally observable from thin specimens with very low electron density. We show that, based on the analysis of application of the relevant phase-retrieval methods, there is a lower limit in optical density, which can be reconstructed using the existing phase-retrieval methods. This limit appears to be imposed by real-life experimental conditions and the intrinsic artifacts of the phase-retrieval techniques.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 September 2008
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7076, Image Reconstruction from Incomplete Data V, 70760C (5 September 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.795951
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Andrei Y. Nikulin, Monash Univ. (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7076:
Image Reconstruction from Incomplete Data V
Philip J. Bones; Michael A. Fiddy; Rick P. Millane, Editor(s)

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