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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 9 — May. 6, 2013
  • pp: 11441–11447

Impact of wave front and coherence optimization in coherent diffractive imaging

X. Ge, W. Boutu, D. Gauthier, F. Wang, A. Borta, B. Barbrel, M. Ducousso, A. I. Gonzalez, B. Carré, D. Guillaumet, M. Perdrix, O. Gobert, J. Gautier, G. Lambert, F. R. N. C. Maia, J. Hajdu, P. Zeitoun, and H. Merdji  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 9, pp. 11441-11447 (2013)

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We present single shot nanoscale imaging using a table-top femtosecond soft X-ray laser harmonic source at a wavelength of 32 nm. We show that the phase retrieval process in coherent diffractive imaging critically depends on beam quality. Coherence and image fidelity are measured from single-shot coherent diffraction patterns of isolated nano-patterned slits. Impact of flux, wave front and coherence of the soft X-ray beam on the phase retrieval process and the image quality are discussed. After beam improvements, a final image reconstruction is presented with a spatial resolution of 78 nm (half period) in a single 20 fs laser harmonic shot.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(140.7240) Lasers and laser optics : UV, EUV, and X-ray lasers
(340.7440) X-ray optics : X-ray imaging
(340.7480) X-ray optics : X-rays, soft x-rays, extreme ultraviolet (EUV)

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X-ray Optics

Original Manuscript: August 10, 2012
Revised Manuscript: October 26, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: November 16, 2012
Published: May 3, 2013

X. Ge, W. Boutu, D. Gauthier, F. Wang, A. Borta, B. Barbrel, M. Ducousso, A. I. Gonzalez, B. Carré, D. Guillaumet, M. Perdrix, O. Gobert, J. Gautier, G. Lambert, F. R. N. C. Maia, J. Hajdu, P. Zeitoun, and H. Merdji, "Impact of wave front and coherence optimization in coherent diffractive imaging," Opt. Express 21, 11441-11447 (2013)

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