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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 21 — Nov. 1, 2006
  • pp: 3194–3196

Crystal optics as guard apertures for coherent x-ray diffraction imaging

Xianghui Xiao, Martin D. de Jonge, Yuncheng Zhong, Yong S. Chu, and Qun Shen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 21, pp. 3194-3196 (2006)

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A crucial issue in coherent x-ray diffraction imaging experiments is how to increase the signal-to-noise ratio when measuring relatively weak diffraction intensities from a nonperiodic object. A novel crystal guard aperture is described that makes use of a pair of multiple-bounce crystal optics to eliminate unwanted parasitic scattering background. This background is often produced by upstream optical elements such as a coherent-beam defining aperture. Recent experimental observation and theoretical analysis confirm the effectiveness of the crystal guard aperture method with coherence-preserved wave propagation through the crystal guard aperture and dramatically reduced scattering background in coherent x-ray diffraction images.

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OCIS Codes
(030.6140) Coherence and statistical optics : Speckle
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(180.7460) Microscopy : X-ray microscopy
(340.6720) X-ray optics : Synchrotron radiation
(340.7440) X-ray optics : X-ray imaging
(340.7460) X-ray optics : X-ray microscopy

ToC Category:
X-ray Optics

Original Manuscript: June 27, 2006
Revised Manuscript: August 27, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: August 30, 2006
Published: October 11, 2006

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Xianghui Xiao, Martin D. de Jonge, Yuncheng Zhong, Yong S. Chu, and Qun Shen, "Crystal optics as guard apertures for coherent x-ray diffraction imaging," Opt. Lett. 31, 3194-3196 (2006)

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